Donald Trump arrest warrant: Could Iran REALLY arrest Trump?

Ruben Fields
June 30, 2020

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said Trump and 35 others whom Iran accuses of involvement in the January 3 strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad face "murder and terrorism charges", the state-run IRNA news agency reported. Citing Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasi Mehr, Fars said, "US President Donald Trump stands at the top of the list and will be prosecuted as soon as he stands down [from his] presidency after his term ends".

Iran has reportedly named Trump and 35 others as facing "murder and terrorism" charges as a result of the attack.

It is unlikely however that agency will act on the request given that Interpol's constitution prohibits it from taking on "any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character".

"Interpol would not consider requests of this nature".

The Trump administration viewed Soleimani as a ruthless killer, and the President told reporters in January that the general should have been taken out by previous presidents.

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Brian Hook, the United States pointman on Iran policy, scoffed at the Iranian request to Interpol as a "propaganda stunt".

"Our assessment is that Interpol does not intervene and issue red notices that are based on a political nature", Hook said at a June 29 press conference alongside the Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs in Riyadh.

"We see it for what it is".

"General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region", the Pentagon said at the time, calling the strike "decisive defensive" action aimed at deterring future Iranian attacks.

While the attack on the western Iraqi base of Ain Al-Asad left no USA soldiers dead, dozens suffered brain trauma.

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