Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining the US President Donald Trump and dozens of others they believe carried out the drone strike that killed the Iranian general in Baghdad.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr revealed on Monday that Trump, with more than 30 individuals are accused by Iran of being involved in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani and faced with murder and terrorism charges, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
The prosecutor stressed that Iran would continue to pursue even after the end of Trump’s presidency. Interpol, based in Lyon, France, said that its constitution forbade it to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.
“If or when any such requests were to be sent to the General Secretariat, Interpol would not consider requests of this nature,” a part of the statement read.
Nevertheless, US’s Iran envoy Brian Hook described the move as a “propaganda stunt”.
Speaking in a news conference in Saudi Arabia, Hook said their assessment is that Interpol does not intervene and issued Red Notices that are based on political nature.
Alqasimehr was once quoted saying Iran had requested a red notice to be put out for Trump and the others, the highest-level notice issued by Interpol, requesting that they seek the location and arrest of the individual named.
Under a red notice, local authorities made arrests on behalf of the country that requested it. The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects but can put government leaders on the spot and limit travel.
Interpol met with the committee after receiving the request and discussed whether or not to share the information with its member states. It however never has a requirement for making any of the notices public, though some get published on its website.
Soleimani’s assassination came after increase tension between the US and Iran and ultimately saw Iran retaliate with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.