IRAN: Iran has issued an arrest warrant for Trump over the death of General Soleimani and the case will be pursued even after his presidency ends.
General Qasim Soleimani, 62-year-old Iran military leader and head of the Quds Force, was killed in the month of January this year in an airstrike that was ordered by President Donald Trump.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant for the other 36 people who are believed to be connected with the airstrike that took place on January 3. Tehran attorney general Ali Alqasi Mehr said Trump is at the top of the list and Iran has also asked Interpol for help in detaining Donald Trump and others who carried out the airstrike.
Ali Alqasi Mehr, however, has not identified the others but has stressed on the arrest warrant for Trump.
Iran has also asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for the 36 individuals
Interpol refuses to consider such request as it is not in line with rules and constitution. The rules forbid any type of intervention or activities that are political, military, religious or racial in nature.
Brian Hook US envoy to Iran has labeled it as a propaganda stunt. He said in a joint press conference:
“It’s propaganda that we’re used to. This has nothing to do with national security, international peace or promoting stability, so we see it for what it is — it’s a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish,”
Ali Alqasi Mehr also said Iran has requested for a red notice for Trump and others.
Red Notice is served so the local authorities can make the arrest on behalf of the requesting country. Under this notice, countries cannot arrest or extradite suspects but can only limit travel.
Pentagon statement following the US airstrike
General Soleimani was a national heroic figure in the country, the Pentagon issued a statement following the US airstrike and said
General Suleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. At the direction of the president, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani.