Almost six months after the assassination of Qassem Soleimani in a raid, Iran has issued an arrest warrant for the President of the United States, Donald Trump and 35 other people of different nationalities.
Iran is holding the president responsible for various reasons for the death by the commander of the Quds forces of the Revolutionary Guards. This was announced this Monday evening by the Tehran prosecutor, Alghasi Mehr.
"The Iranian judiciary has issued a red alert 'to Interpol for the 36 people wanted, who are political and military figures. These people - the Tehran prosecutor said - are convicted of 'murder' and 'terrorism'.”
”President Donald Trump is high on the list and will continue to be prosecuted even after his presidential term ends. "
Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force and one of the most respected figures in Iran, was killed in a US drone strike in January during a goodwill visit to Iraq.
According to the official, judicial authorities adopted a resolution to bring these persons to justice and to appeal to Interpol to issue red notices against them. If approved, Interpol would require law enforcement agencies in other countries to facilitate the search for and arrest of the requested suspects.
Iran’s charges against Trump and others include ‘murder’ and ‘terrorist acts’, charges which carry a maximum penalty of death under Iran’s criminal code. According to Alqasi-Mehr, Iran would pursue Trump’s prosecution even after the expiry of his term as president.
Later Monday, an Interpol spokesperson told Sputnik that the organization would not consider any Iranian request for President Trump’s arrest, citing agency rules. “In accordance with Article 3 of Interpol’s Constitution, ‘it is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.”
“Therefore, if and when such requests are sent to the general secretariat…Interpol will not consider requests of this kind,” the spokesperson said.
The US Assassination of Senior Foreign Leader
Soleimani was assassinated in a US drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq on January 3 during a ‘goodwill trip’ as the Iranians say, to try to normalize Iran’s relations with regional adversary Saudi Arabia.
His death prompted Iran to launch missile strikes on two US bases in Iraq, although Tehran warned its Iraqi allies of the strikes ahead of time. Nevertheless, despite causing no fatalities, the strikes resulted in over 100 US servicemen and women reporting traumatic brain injuries.
In late January, a Business Insider Poll found that one in four Americans believed Trump should be tried for war crimes by the International Criminal Court over Soleimani’s killing – lower thjan the actual political divide in America.
Meanwhile, as many as 55 percent of Americans said they believed Soleimani’s assassination made their country ‘less safe’.
US special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, immediately branded the announcement as "a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously".
According to Washington, this is a "political" move and "Interpol does not intervene and issues red alerts based on policy issues". On the other hand, the same international police agency, which is based in Lyon in France, has already ruled out being able to consider Tehran's request.
According to article 3 of its statute, Interpol specified, "any intervention or activity of a political, military, religious or racial nature is strictly prohibited for the organization". The new chapter of the clash comes just as the US is attempting to prolong the UN arms embargo on Iran, which expires next October, for three years.