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Iran issues arrest warrant for President Trump over the killing of General Qassem Soleimani

Wednesday, July 1st 2020 - 08:02 UTC
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The United States killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, with a drone strike in Iraq on 3 January The United States killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, with a drone strike in Iraq on 3 January

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump and 35 others over the killing of top general Qassem Soleimani and has asked Interpol for help, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said announced, according to the Fars news agency.

The United States and Interpol both dismissed the idea of acting on such a warrant.

The United States killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force, with a drone strike in Iraq on 3 January. Washington accused Soleimani of masterminding attacks by Iranian-aligned militias on US forces in the region.

Mr Alqasimehr said the warrants had been issued on charges of murder and terrorist action. He said Iran had asked Interpol to issue a “red notice” seeking the arrest of Mr Trump and the other individuals the Islamic Republic accuses of taking part in the killing of Soleimani.

Mr Alqasimehr said the group included other US military and civilian officials but did not provide further details.

US Iran envoy Brian Hook said the warrant was a “propaganda stunt” at a news conference in Saudi Arabia.

”Our assessment is that Interpol does not intervene and issue red notices ... (of) a political nature,“ he said.

”This is a political nature. This has nothing to do with national security, international peace or promoting stability ... It is a propaganda stunt that no-one takes seriously.“

Interpol said in a statement that its constitution forbade it to undertake ”any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character”.

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