An Iranian prosecutor issued an arrest warrant against US President Donald Trump and 35 others on the killing of its top general, Qassem Soleimani, according to a report from Fars News Agency.
“36 individuals” involved in the assassination of Soleimani “have been identified,” said Tehran prosecutor-general Ali Algasi Mehr.
Iran already issued arrest warrants to Interpol, said Ali Algasi Mehr.
In addition, Iran also asked the help of Interpol for Trump’s arrest, as per an Al Jazeera report.
A US airstrike on January 3rd, in Baghdad International Airport in Iraq killed Soleimani and 11 other Iranians, said the Fars News Agency.
Events Prior To The Arrest Warrant
The assassination of Soleimani in January intensified the already present tension between the US and Iraq, said an Al Jazeera report. In 2018, Trump withdrew from a nuclear deal between Iran and 6 other countries. This did not sit well with Iran.
Soleimani’s assassination is an extrajudicial killing, argues Iran. Washington announced that it was anticipating an “imminent attack” against the US. However, there was no proof from Congress.
Iran’s retaliation against US is “a propaganda stunt,” said Brian Hook, US special representative for Iran. No one takes it seriously, he said.
Iran also asked for Interpol’s assistance on the arrest of Trump.
However, according to their assessment of Interpol’s guidelines, an Interpol assistance will be impossible, said Hook.
Interpol’s constitution prohibits the organization to engage in “any intervention or activities of a political, military, religions or racial character.”
Iran’s request is of a political nature and has nothing to do with Interpol’s mandate, said Hook.
Iran will push through with it, even after Trump’s term, Alqasimehr said, as per Al Jazeera.
Meanwhile, Hook told The Associated Press on Saturday, that, “the world should ignore Iran’s threats to retaliate.”
This is in relation to an arms embargo on Iran that will expire in October.
Once the embargo expires, Iran might become “the arms dealer of choice for rogue regimes and terrorist organizations” globally he said.
Iran has not yet responded to Hook’s comment, as per the Associated Press.
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