Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining US President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said that Trump, along with more than 30 others, was involved in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani.
The accused face “murder and terrorism charges” according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.
Alqasimehr did not identify anyone other than Trump, but stressed Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.
Alqasimehr said Iran had requested a “red notice” be put out for Trump and the other conspirators, the highest-level notice issued by Interpol, requesting the arrest of the individuals named.
Interpol, based in Lyon, France, released a statement that said its constitution bars it to undertake “any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character”.
“Therefore, if or when any such requests were to be sent to the General Secretariat … Interpol would not consider requests of this nature.”
The US killed General Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard Corps’s expeditionary Quds Force, and others by U.S. drone strike near Baghdad International Airport in January.
The assassination 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.
Also assassinated were four members of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the Iraqi-Iranian military commander who headed the unit, which is an Iraqi state-sponsored umbrella organization composed of some 40 militias.
Iraqi prime minister Mahdi said Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission, bringing Iran’s response to a letter that Iraq had sent on behalf of Saudi Arabia in order to ease tensions between the two countries in the region.
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