Iran asks Interpol to arrest and detain President Trump over killing of Soleimani

The Iranian government has asked Interpol for help in arresting and detaining United States President Donald Trump for ordering the killing of General Qassem Soleimani.

In the arrest warrant issued on Monday, Iran also demanded the arrest of others it believes carried out the U.S. drone strike that killed the top Iranian general in Baghdad.

Interpol later said it wouldn’t consider Iran’s request, meaning Trump faces no danger of arrest.

Iran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and 35 others whom Iran accuses of involvement in the strike that killed Soleimani in Baghdad face “murder and terrorism charges,” the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Alqasimehr did not identify anyone else sought other than Trump, but stressed that Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.

Alqasimehr also was 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.

Interpol later said it wouldn’t consider Iran’s request, meaning Trump faces no danger of arrest. 

The international police said a statement saying its guidelines for notices forbids it from “any intervention or activities of a political” nature.

Interpol “would not consider requests of this nature,” it said.

The US military had killed Soleimani, who oversaw the Revolutionary Guard’s expeditionary Quds Force, in an air strike outside Baghdad international airport in January on the orders of President Trump.

Soleimani's recruits operated as a combination of spies and special forces, and are long suspected of being behind actions to destabilise the Middle East.

Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq and vowed to attack Israel and other United States allies in revenge.

In his respond, Trump warned the Asian country that the US will target 52 Iranian sites if it attacks Americans.

He said, “Let this serve as a warning that if Iran strikes any American or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago).”

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