Iran issues arrest warrant for US President Trump

FILE- Protesters deface an American flag during an anti-U.S. rally over the U.S. airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Tehran Iran Jan. 3 2020

Responding to the prosecutor's comments, the US senior diplomat for Iran, Brian Hook, dismissed Alqassimehr's move as a "propaganda stunt".

A prosecutor in Iran says he has issued "arrest warrants" for the President Donald Trump and 35 others involved in the killing of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC) Qods Force commander, Qassem Soleimani.

Iran has also asked Interpol, the French-based global police agency, for help in acquiring the politician.

Iranian prosecutor Ali Alqaismehr made the remarks during a meeting today with high-ranking judicial officials, saying arrest warrants had been issued for 36 individuals including politicians and military officials from the United States and other governments.

"Interpol would not consider requests of this nature".

The acrimonious relationship between the USA and Iran had deteriorated even further when the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the "Iran nuclear deal" more than two years ago.

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook speaks to VOA Persian at the State Department in Washington Feb. 26 2020
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook speaks to VOA Persian at the State Department in Washington Feb. 26 2020

How does Interpol issue a red notice?

He also noted the arrest warrant had been forwarded to Interpol, along with a so-called red notice, which would disseminate the alert to law enforcement agencies around the world. Local authorities end up making the arrests on behalf of the country that request it.

"Our assessment is that Interpol does not intervene and issue Red Notices that are based on a political nature", he said at a news conference in Saudi Arabia on Monday.

After receiving a request, Interpol meets by committee and discusses whether or not to share the information with its member states.

Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in a USA drone strike January 3, spurring an Iranian missile strike on US troops in Iraq a few days later.

In the early hours of January 8, the IRGC fired dozens of ballistic missiles at a military airbase hosting US forces in Iraq as part of its promised "tough revenge" for the USA terrorist attack.


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