Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump over airstrike on top general

30.06.2020 - Deutsche Welle

Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump over airstrike on top general
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Prosecutors urged Interpol to put out a “red notice” for US President Donald Trump over the deadly airstrike on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Iran has pledged to pursue the matter even after Trump leaves office.

US President Donald Trump and 35 others face “terrorism and murder charges” in Iran, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday, adding that Iranian authorities had already issued an arrest warrant against the US leader.

Iran has also asked Interpol, the French-based global police agency, for help in acquiring the politician.

Alqasimehr said Interpol was asked to put out a “red notice” on Trump and the other defendants. The notice is the highest level arrest request that Interpol can proclaim, although only authorities of individual countries can actually arrest suspects.

Iran wants to put Trump and other US military and civilian officials on trial for killing Iran’s key general Qassem Soleimani in January.  The US officials assassinated Soleimani in air strike near Baghdad, with Iraqi militia head Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis also losing his life. The strike put the region on the brink of war.

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