Iran Issues Arrest Warrant for Trump Over Assassinating Martyr Suleimani

Cheryl Sanders
July 2, 2020

US President Donald Trump has been issued an arrest warrant by Iran's government over the killing of its top commander Qasem Soleimani in January, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Iran also said it had asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for these 36 individuals, semi-official state news agency ISNA reported.

Iran according to Aljazeera, said she would pursue Trump's prosecution even after his presidency ends.

Despite Iran appealing to the International Criminal Police Organization, known as Interpol, for assistance with a "red notice", both the US and Interpol have dismissed acting on the warrant.

"General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region", the Pentagon said at the time, calling the strike "decisive defensive" action aimed at deterring future Iranian attacks.

After a meeting of the country's Supreme Judicial Council, Mr Alqasimehr said that 35 others would face charges in Iran as well as Mr Trump.

United States envoy to Iran Brian Hook reacted to Tehran's announcement at a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, calling it a "political combination".

Soleimani, who was the commander of the Quds Force, an elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was targeted in a US drone strike in Baghdad on January 3.

Trump's January 3 decision to order a drone strike against Soleimani as his ground convoy left Baghdad International Airport sparked an international crisis with fears worldwide that the provocative action would lead to military confrontation between the US and Iran. A red notice notably represents the highest level arrest request issued by Interpol.

Hook added, "This is a political nature. This has nothing to do with national security, worldwide peace, or promoting stability.It is a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously".

Interpol has denied approving the Iranian request as the France-based organization reeks political vendetta.

The drone strike was ordered by the U.S. President, who said the general was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops.

Tension between the two countries heightened after Iran fired ballistic missiles targeting USA bases in neighboring Iraq shortly after Soleimani's killing.

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