Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, along with nine others.
Major General Qassem Soleimani commanded Iran’s Quds Force and was considered Iran’s second most powerful man, subordinate only to Ali Khamenei.
Soleimani, along with the Quds force, are designated as terrorists by Canada and the United States. He himself was sanctioned by the United Nations and the European Union for his involvement in international terrorist activity.
On Monday, Tehran-based prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr accused Trump along with 30 others for involvement in the strike on Soleimani on “murder and terrorism charges,” according to Iranian state broadcaster ISNA.
The Iranian government has asked Interpol for help in detaining President Trump.
Al Jazeera reports that Alqasimehr did not identify anyone apart from the US President, but stated that Iran would continue to pursue him even after he leaves office.
In addition to the arrest warrant, Iran requested that President Trump and other US officials be given a “red notice” by Interpol, which would force local authorities to work with Interpol to identify their location and allow local authorities to perform an arrest on behalf of the agency.
Per Al Jazeera, individuals detained under the red notice do not have to be extradited to the country that requests it.
Instead, Interpol would meet by committee and determine whether to share the information, or detainees, with the country.
Interpol has not released a statement on the matter but is very unlikely to grant the ludicrous request.
Interpol’s own guidelines prohibit the agency from intervening in or carrying out political arrests.