Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump for killing Iranian General Qasim Soleimani in a drone strike in Baghdad and has asked Interpol for help in arresting Trump and several other US officials.
According to Al Jazeera, Iranian prosecutor Ali al-Qasim Mehr told an Iranian news agency on Monday that Trump and 30 others were accused of killing Qasim Soleimani. Al-Qasim did not name anyone other than Trump but said Iran would continue to pursue the case after Trump’s presidency expires.
The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) provides police assistance to most countries in the fight against crime and is headquartered in Lyon, France. Interpol has not yet commented on Iran’s request.
Al-Qasim says Iran has also requested Interpol to issue a red notice against Trump and others. A red notice is a high-level Interpol notice under which local authorities make arrests on behalf of the applicant country. Upon receipt of such a request from any country, Interpol considers the matter at its meeting. However, Interpol is not required to make public the details of such a case or notice.
Interpol cannot force any country to arrest or deport a suspect through a red notice, but it can ask the relevant government to restrict the travel of such person or persons.
Qasim Soleimani was the head of the Quds Force, a sub-branch of the Revolutionary Guards, who was killed along with others in a drone strike in Baghdad on January 3, 2020. Iran’s Supreme Leader Syed Ali Khamenei has called Qasim Soleimani a martyr in recognition of his services.
The incident sparked tensions between Iran and the United States, which retaliated by firing missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq.