Iran issues arrest warrant against Trump over killing of top general, asks Interpol to help
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Iran on Monday issued an arrest warrant for United States President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of a top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad and sought Interpol's help to arrest him.
According to Reuters, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr alleged that The United States killed General Qassem Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, using a drone strike in Iraq on January 3. Stressing that Iran would continue with the prosecution even after Trump’s presidency, he said that the warrants had been issued on “charges of murder and terrorist action”.
Although the US President Donald Trump faces no challenges of arrest, the accusations against him heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr claims that Iran requested Interpol to issue a "red notice" for Trump and the other individuals as the Islamic republic believes their involvement in the killing of Qassem Soleimani.
However, Interpol which is based in Lyon, France didn’t respond immediately over the request.
Alqasimehr was also quoted as saying that Soleimani’s killing the United States and Iran to the brink of armed conflict after Iran retaliated by firing ballistic missiles at American targets in Iraq several days later, as reported by Reuters.
Upon receiving the request, Interpol holds a meeting and discusses with its committee members on whether or not to share the information with its member states. Though Interpol is not required to make any of the notices public, regardless, some of them get published on its website.
The dead body of the Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard’s expeditionary Quds Force, was identified via a red ring on his severed hand. It was reported months after the growing tensions between the two countries.
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