Iran asks Interpol to help arrest Trump for killing general

Yolanda Curtis
June 30, 2020

The Iranian government has issued an arrest warrant for 36 individuals, including President Donald Trump, for the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in January. Tehran attorney general Alqasi Mehr said that although 36 warrants were issued, Trump is at the top of the list.

Brian Hook, the USA special representative for Iran, dismissed the arrest warrant announcement during a news conference in Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Surprisingly enough, Trump himself has not responded to the arrest warrant yet.

The global agency outlines in its guidance they are forbidden from "undertaking any intervention or activities of a political" nature.

However, Iran's Alqasimehr said Iran would continue to pursue Trump's prosecution even after his presidency.

Interpol "would not consider requests of this nature", it said.

Soleimani, a national hero at home, was "the world's top terrorist" and "should have been terminated long ago", Trump said at the time.

"It's a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish", Hook said.

The Lyon-based organization told RIA Novosti if it receives a request to arrest Trump, its own rules will not allow it to act on it. Interpol acts as a liaison between law enforcement organizations in member states, helping them to collaborate with each other in solving crimes and arresting suspects trying to flee justice in a different jurisdiction.

"This has nothing to do with national security, worldwide peace or promoting stability", Hook said.

"We see it for what it is". Washington blamed Soleimani for masterminding attacks by Iran-aligned militias on U.S. forces in the region. Iran retaliated by launching a barrage of ballistic missiles at U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq, outside the Baghdad Airport.

While the attack on the western Iraqi base of Ain Al-Asad left no United States soldiers dead, dozens suffered brain trauma.

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