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Iran Issues Arrest Warrant For Trump Over Qassem Soleimani’s Killing

The Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq, on January 3, with the Trump administration claiming he had masterminding attacks by Iran-aligned militias on American forces in the Middle East

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The Iranian Government has issued an arrest warrant for Donald Trump over the assassination of a top Revolutionary Guards general and asked Interpol to issue a red notice.

The US president is one of 36 people accused of murder and carrying out acts of terrorism following the drone strike that killed commander Qassem Soleimani, according to Tehran’s prosecutor.

Trump is at the top of the list of suspects, the prosecutor said, adding that the country’s judiciary has given the 36 names to Interpol and asked for its help to capture the president. Interpol said it will not grant Iran’s request.

Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq, on January 3, with the Trump administration claiming he had masterminding attacks by Iran-aligned militias on American forces in the Middle East.

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr’s announcement was reported by Iran’s Fars news agency.

He said the other 35 suspects are US military and civilian officials. No one other than Trump was publicly identified.

The prosecutor said Iran had asked Interpol to issue a red notice for Trump and the others.

However, a spokesperson for Interpol told Mirror Online that the Lyon-based agency would not grant Iran’s request.

The spokesperson said: “Under Article 3 of Interpol’s constitution it is strictly forbidden for the organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.

“Therefore, if or when any such requests were to be sent to the general secretariat, in accordance with the provisions of our constitution and rules, Interpol would not consider requests of this nature.”

A red notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

They are published at the request of a member country and must comply with Interpol’s constitution and rules.

A red notice is not an international arrest warrant.

Alqasimehr said Iran would continue to pursue prosecution against the president after Trump’s time in office ends.

Soleimani’s killing led to a peak in confrontation between Iran and the United States.

Iran retaliated with a rocket attack on an Iraqi air base where US forces were stationed.

Hours later, Iranian forces on high alert mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian passenger airliner taking off from Tehran.

Earlier this month, Tehran announced that an Iranian had been sentenced to death for spying on Soleimani for US and Israeli intelligence.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said in a televised news conference: “Mahmoud Mousavi-Majd, one of the spies for the CIA and the Mossad, has been sentenced to death.

“He had shared information about the whereabouts of martyr Soleimani with our enemies.

“He passed on security information to the Israeli and American intelligence agencies about Iran’s armed forces, particularly the Guards.”

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Later, the judiciary said in a statement that Mousavi-Majd’s conviction was not linked to “the terrorist act of the US government” in Soleimani’s killing in Iraq.

“All the legal proceedings in the case of this spy … had been carried out long before the martyrdom of Soleimani,” the statement said, adding that Mousavi-Majd had been arrested in October 2018.

Last summer, Iran said it had captured 17 spies working for the CIA, some of whom it said were sentenced to death.

In February, it said it had sentenced to death a man for spying for the CIA and attempting to pass on information about Tehran’s nuclear program.

UK Mirror

 

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