TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran has issued an arrest warrant and has asked Interpol for help detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others who he believed carried out the U.S. drone strike that killed an Iranian top general in Baghdad, said local prosecutor Monday.
While Trump is not in danger of arrest, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and more than 30 others accusing Iran of involvement in the January 3 strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad have been charged with murder and terrorism, state-run news agency reports IRNA.
Alqasimehr identified no one other than Trump, but stressed that Iran would continue his persecution even after his presidency ends.
Based in Lyon, France, Interpol did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Alqasimehr was also quoted by saying that Iran has requested a “red message” for Trump and the others, which is Interpol’s highest request for arrest. Local authorities generally arrest on behalf of the country requesting it. The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but to bring heads of government to the scene and limit suspects’ travel.
Upon receipt of a request, Interpol meets per committee and discusses whether or not the information is shared with the Member States. Interpol has no obligation to publish the announcements, although some are published on its website.
Interpol is unlikely to allow Iran’s request as a guideline for announcements and forbids to undertake “any intervention or activity of a political” nature. That was noted by Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran, who rejected the announcement in a news report. conference in Saudi Arabia on Monday.
“It’s a propaganda stunt that nobody takes seriously and makes the Iranians look silly,” said Hook.
The US killed Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guards expeditionary Quds force, and others during the January strike near Baghdad International Airport. It came after months of mounting tensions between the two countries. Iran responded with a ballistic missile strike to US troops in Iraq.
Writers from Associated Press Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.
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