Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol to detain US President Donald Trump and dozens of others believed to have carried out a drone attack that killed a senior Iranian general in Baghdad.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday that the semi-official ISNA news agency reported that Trump and more than 30 other Iranians were accused of participating in the January 3 attack to kill Kasem Solema General Nigeria’s attack faced “murder and terrorism charges”.
Alqasimehr did not determine to seek anyone other than Trump, but emphasized that Iran will continue to prosecute even after the presidency ends.
Interpol, based in Lyon, France, said in a statement that its constitution prohibits any intervention or activity of a political, military, religious or ethnic nature.
“Therefore, if or when any such request is sent to the General Secretariat…Interpol will not consider requests of this nature.”
Brian Hook, the US Iranian envoy, described the move as a “propaganda stunt.”
Hook said at a news conference in Saudi Arabia: “Our assessment is that Interpol will not intervene and issue red notices based on political nature.”
He said: “This is of a political nature. It has nothing to do with national security, international peace or the promotion of stability. This is a propaganda stunt and nobody takes it seriously.”
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Red notification requirements
Al Qasimer was also quoted as saying that Iran has requested a “red notice” to be issued to Trump and others, which is the highest-level notice issued by Interpol, asking for the whereabouts and arrest of the arrested person.
Under the red notice, the local authorities carried out arrests on behalf of the requesting country. The notification cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but can allow government leaders to restrict the suspects’ travel on the spot.
After receiving the request, Interpol held a committee meeting to discuss whether to share information with member states. Interpol did not require any notices to be made public, although some notices will indeed be posted on its website.
In a January attack near Baghdad International Airport, the United States killed General Soleimani, who oversaw the Quds unit of the Revolutionary Guard Expeditionary Force.
An assassination occurred after months of events that heightened tensions between the two countries. In the end, Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike against the US military in Iraq.
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