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Qasem Soleimani: Iran seeks Trump’s arrest for the killing of the general

An Iranian holds up a picture of Qasem Soleimani in Tehran, Iran on January 4, 2020

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Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike ordered by Donald Trump

Iran issued an arrest warrant for American President Donald Trump for the killing of the main Iranian commander Gen Qasem Soleimani in Iraq in January.

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said that Trump and 35 others had to face charges of murder and terrorism and that Interpol was asked to help them detain them.

However, Interpol said it did not consider the Iranian request.

The United States Special Representative for Iran stated that the mandate was a propaganda stunt that nobody would take seriously.

Soleimani died in a drone strike near Trump’s international Baghdad airport, who said the general was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops and was planning imminent attacks.

Iran reacted by launching ballistic missiles at Iraqi military bases hosting US forces.

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“About 36 people were identified in connection with the assassination of Hajj Qasem. They supervised, acted and ordered [it]”Alqasimehr said as stated by the Mehr news agency.

“This includes political and military officials from the United States and other countries, for which the judiciary has issued arrest warrants and Interpol has issued red communications.”

Mr. Trump was high on the list and his arrest would have been requested even after his presidency ended, the prosecutor added.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Baharvand said that the Iranian judiciary would soon issue an indictment for those responsible for the attack on Gen Soleimani and hoped to identify the drone operators, according to the Isna news agency.

“Iran will not stop its efforts until these people are brought to justice,” he said.

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The killing of gen. Soleimani pushed the United States and Iran to the brink of war

A red Interpol notification is a request to law enforcement agencies around the world to temporarily locate and arrest a person awaiting extradition, surrender or similar legal action. It is not an international arrest warrant.

Brian Hook, special representative of the United States, said: “Our assessment is that Interpol does not intervene and publishes red communications based on a political nature.

“This is a political nature. It has nothing to do with national security, international peace or the promotion of stability … It is a propaganda stunt that nobody takes seriously.”

Interpol, which is based in the French city of Lyon, later told the BBC that it would not consider the Iranian request for help.

According to its constitution, it was “strictly forbidden for the organization to undertake any political, military, religious or racial intervention or activity,” he said.

Analysts say the issuing of the arrest warrant is little more than a symbolic gesture from Iran, but that it reflects the depth of animosity felt towards President Trump.

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