Iran issues arrest warrant against Trump for murder of Qasem Soleimani

People gather to protest the U.S. air strike in Iraq that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, who led the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Sanaa, Yemen, January 6, 2020.

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The Iranian government has issued an arrest warrant against U.S. President Donald Trump for the murder of its chief commander Qasem Soleimani in January, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Monday.

Tehran has also asked Interpol for help, according to Fars. Ali Alghasi-Mehr, Tehran’s attorney general, named Trump and 35 others accused by Iran of being involved in the death of Soleimani as facing “murder and terrorism charges”, and reportedly said having asked Interpol to send them “red notices”. – the highest notice that Interpol can give to a person to continue their arrest.

Trump, however, is in no danger of being arrested and it is highly unlikely that Interpol would honor Iran’s request, as international agency directives prohibit him from “undertaking any political intervention or activity”.

Soleimani led the Iranian Quds Force, the foreign operations wing of the elite paramilitary corps of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards. The Trump administration called him a terrorist, and Washington held him responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers in Iraq.

Soleimani, 62, was killed in a Trump-led drone strike in early January while in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, in a move that raised regional tensions and oil prices and triggered a reprisal attack by Iran and its proxies against the Iraqi. bases housing American troops.

The Trump administration has so far not responded to Iran’s announcement.

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