Iran issued an arrest warrant and asked Israel to help detain US President Donald Trump and hundreds of others who claim they carried out the drone strike that killed a senior Iranian general in Baghdad.
Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said on Monday that Trump, along with more than 30 others Iran accuses of involvement in the January 3 attack that killed General Qassem Soleimani, face “murder and terrorism charges”, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
Alqasimehr did not identify anyone else who sought other than Trump, but stressed that Iran would continue to prosecute him even after the end of his presidency.
Interpol, headquartered in Lyon, France, did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Alqasimehr was also quoted as saying that Iran had demanded that a “red alert” be released for Trump and the others, Interpol’s highest-level alert, requesting the location and arrest of the designated person.
Regional authorities make the arrests on behalf of the government which has demanded it under a red notice. The notices may not force countries to arrest or extradite suspects, but may put government leaders on the spot and restrict the travel of suspects.
Interpol meets by the committee after receiving a letter, and decides whether to share the details with its member states or not. Interpol does not have the requirement to publish any of the notices, although some are published on its website.
It is unlikely to grant Iran’s request as its notice guideline prohibits it from “taking any political intervention or activity.”
In the January attack near Baghdad International Airport, the US killed General Soleimani, who oversaw the expeditionary Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, and the others.
After months of incidents raising tensions between the two countries, the assassination came and ultimately saw Iran retaliate with a ballistic missile strike aiming at American troops in Iraq.