Iran Issues Arrest Warrant for Trump, Demands Help from Interpol
Iranian government seeks charges over death of terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani
Iran has issued a warrant for the arrest of Donald Trump and called on international crime agency Interpol to help the Islamic Republic detain the U.S. president.
On Monday, Iranian Prosecutor General Ali Alqasi-Mehr identified 36 individuals he says contributed to the death of his country's terrorist leader Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani in January.
President Trump is among those on the list that Alqasi-Mehr told Interpol to arrest in relation to the matter.
“Thirty-six individuals who cooperated, collaborated, and participated in the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including political and military authorities of the U.S. and other countries, have been identified,” Alqasi-Mehr declared according to domestic news outlet ISNA.
He added that the arrest warrant, listing “murder and terrorism charges,” has been issued and forwarded to Interpol for immediate action.
Soleimani, Iran's number one terror chief, was killed in U.S. military drone strikes in Baghdad, under the direction of Trump, in the first week of January.
While Trump faces no danger of arrest, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
Alqasi-Mehr said Trump faces "murder and terrorism charges" for the January 3 strike that killed Gen. Soleimani.
Alqasi-Mehr did not identify anyone else sought other than Trump but stressed that Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.
Trump, who at the time was vacationing at his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, sent out a tweet of an American flag when news of the successful attack was first announced.
He later further expanded:
....of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself. While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020
Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Alqasi-Mehr also was quoted as saying that Iran requested a "red notice" be put out for Trump and the others, which represents the highest level arrest request issued by Interpol.
Local authorities end up making the arrests on behalf of the country that requests it.
The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects but can put government leaders on the spot and limit suspects' travel.
After receiving a request, Interpol meets by committee and discusses whether or not to share the information with its member states.
Interpol has no requirement for making any of the notices public, though some do get published on its website.
It is unlikely Interpol would grant Iran's request as its guideline for notices forbids it from "undertaking any intervention or activities of a political" nature.
The U.S. killed Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard's expeditionary Quds Force, and others in the January strike near Baghdad International Airport.
It came after months of incidents raising tensions between the two countries and ultimately saw Iran retaliate with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.