Iran issues arrest warrant against Trump for murder of Qassem Soleimani

  • Iran issued an arrest warrant against Donald Trump and 35 other United States military and political figures.
  • Tehran accuses Trump of a “terrorist act” for the murder, by drone attack, of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
  • They ask Interpol to issue an international ‘red notice’ for the president’s arrest.
  • Interpol is likely to deny your request.
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Iran issued an arrest warrant against Donald Trump for the murder of General Qassem Soleimani and asked Interpol for help in arresting him.

Tehran asked for a red Interpol notice on 36 US political and military figures, including the president, the official Islamic Republic news agency reported Monday.

Iranian prosecutor Qasi Mehr said the figures had been charged with “murder and terrorist acts” for Soleimani’s murder in the attack by US drones in Baghdad in January.

The attack on Soleimani on January 3 was justified by the United States Department of Defense as “aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.”

The President has broad powers in matters of military conflict under the United States Constitution. However, some experts have questioned the legality of the strike.

The United States’ international allies, including the United Kingdom and Germany, also criticized the strike at the time, and Berlin warned it was risking a “dangerous escalation” in the region.

Interpol has not yet responded to Iran, but has the power to deny its request.

Red notices are issued to law enforcement agencies around the world requesting that the person be located and arrested, but do not compel them to do so.

Interpol is unlikely to accept Iran’s request for a red notice as, under its own regulations, it must reject any request it deems to be politically motivated.

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