TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others who he believed carried out the drone attack that killed a senior Iranian general in Baghdad, as reported by a local prosecutor on Monday.
While Trump faces no danger of arrest, the charges underscore 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 more than 30 people whom Iran accuses of involvement in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad face “charges of murder and terrorism,” the state agency reported. of IRNA news.
Alqasimehr did not identify anyone more wanted than Trump, but emphasized that Iran will continue its prosecution even after his presidency ends.
Interpol, based in Lyon, France, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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 end up making the 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.
Interpol is unlikely to grant Iran’s request as its advisory directive prohibiting it from “undertaking any intervention or activity of a political nature.”
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 incidents that heightened tensions between the two countries and finally saw Iran retaliate with a ballistic missile attack on US troops in Iraq.
Associated Press writers Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.