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Qassem Soleimani: Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump

Qassem Soleimani: Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump

 

Iran has issued a warrant for the arrest of United States President, Mr Donald Trump over the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.

The Islamic country asked the Interpol for help in detaining Trump and dozens of others over the drone strike that killed the general in Baghdad.

Tehran prosecutor, Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, that Trump and more than 30 others who Iran accused of involvement in the January 3 strike that killed Soleimani must face “murder and terrorism charges”.

Alqasimehr, however, did not identify the other persons. He stressed that Iran would continue to pursue Trump’s prosecution even after his presidency ends.

The prosecutor was also quoted as saying that Iran requested a “red notice” be put out for Trump and the others, which represents the highest level arrest request issued by Interpol.

According to Al Jazeera Local authorities end up making the arrests on behalf of the country that request it. The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but can put government leaders on the spot and limit suspects’ travel.

The US, in January, killed General Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard’s expeditionary Quds Force, and others in an air strike near Baghdad International Airport.

The air strike came after months of incidents raising tensions between the two countries.

Following Soleimani’s murder, Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.

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