While it might sound a bit crazy, Iran has put out an arrest warrant for President Donald Trump himself. This according to NBC News is for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani which occurred back in January.
According to AlJazeera, Teran prosecutor, Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday that Trump, as well as 30 others that the country has accused of being involved with the January 3rd attack that as noted above killed General Qassem Soleimani, are not facing murder and terrorism charges. That being said, no other names were named. From here the country asked Interpol to publish a ‘red notice.’
The Washington Post reported as follows on this topic weighing in on what Interpol had to say:
Interpol later said it wouldn’t consider Iran’s request, meaning Trump faces no danger of arrest. However, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and 35 others whom Iran accuses of involvement in the Jan. 3 strike that killed Gen. Qassem 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. Local authorities generally make the arrests on behalf of the country that requests it. The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but can put government leaders on the spot and limit suspects’ travel.
After receiving a request, Interpol meets by committee and discusses whether or not to share the information with its member states. Interpol has no requirement for making any of the notices public, though some do get published on its website.
Interpol later issued 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 attack as noted above came after tensions had already gotten quite high and even now it seems the US and Iran just cannot get along. While some think this attack was warranted others are not so sure and well, it’s overall quite controversial. Regardless though President Trump having a warrant out from Iran is something I never thought I’d see happen. While we do not know what will come of all of this, there is no denying that it is very interesting.
To learn more about this take a look at the video below. What do you think will come of this and do you agree with Interpol in refusing to help Iran? Was the killing of this specific general unwarranted or did the US have cause for the attack?