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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others who he believes carried out the US drone attack that killed a Iran’s top general in Baghdad, a local prosecutor reportedly reported Monday. .
Interpol later said it would not consider Iran’s request, which means that Trump faces no danger of arrest. However, the charges underscore the intense tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and 35 others whom Iran accuses of involvement in the Jan. 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad face “charges of murder and terrorism,” the state news agency reported. IRNA.
Alqasimehr did not identify anyone more wanted than Trump, but emphasized that Iran will continue its prosecution even after his presidency ends.
Alqasimehr was also quoted as saying that Iran requested a “red notice” for Trump and the others, representing the highest-level arrest request issued by Interpol. Local authorities generally make arrests on behalf of the requesting country. The notices cannot compel countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but they can put government leaders in place and limit the suspects’ travel.
After receiving a request, Interpol meets by committee and discusses whether or not to share the information with its member states. Interpol has no requirement to make any of the notices public, although some are posted on its website.
Subsequently, Interpol issued a statement saying that its guidelines for notices prohibit it from “any intervention or activity of a political nature.”
Interpol “would not consider requests of this nature,” he said.
Brian Hook, the United States Special Representative for Iran, dismissed the announcement of the arrest warrant during a press conference in Saudi Arabia on Monday.
“It is a propaganda trick that nobody takes seriously and makes Iranians look silly,” Hook said.
The United States killed Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Expeditionary Force, and others in the January attack near Baghdad International Airport. It came after months of mounting tensions between the two countries. Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile attack against US troops in Iraq.