IRAN ISSUES ARREST WARRANT VS TRUMP, 35 OTHERS

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 on Monday, according to the Fars news agency.


The United States and Interpol both dismissed the idea of acting on such a warrant, Babak Dehghanpisheh, Lisa Barrington and Richard Lough reported for Reuters early on June 30, 2020. The US said the warrant for Trump is “propaganda stuff.”

The US killed Soleimani, leader of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, with a drone strike in Iraq on Jan. 3. Washington accused Soleimani of masterminding attacks by Iranian-aligned militias on US forces in the region. 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 Trump and the other individuals the Islamic Republic accuses of taking part in the killing of Soleimani. Alqasimehr said the group included other U.S. military and civilian officials but did not provide further details.

Alqasimehr said Iran would continue to pursue the matter after Trump left office and hoped they would capture him and keep him in a bunker. The killing of Soleimani brought the United States and Iran to the brink of armed conflict after Iran retaliated by firing missiles at American targets in Iraq several days later.

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