Iran has requested Interpol to challenge a “red notice” and direct regulation enforcement businesses all over the world to arrest President Trump and 47 American officers for the US drone strike that killed Iranian army commander Qassem Soleimani on the Baghdad airport final yr, in accordance to a report on Tuesday.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is very seriously following up on pursuing and punishing those who ordered and executed this crime,” Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili stated, Al Jazeera reported.
Trump ordered the killing of Soleimani, who commanded the elite Quds Force of the Iranian Revolution Guard and was instrumental within the killing and wounding of hundreds of US troops within the Middle East.
Interpol rejected a request in June from Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr to challenge a warrant for Trump, Pentagon officers and members of the US Central Command on “murder and terrorism charges.”
The worldwide police company stated its structure forbids it from endeavor actions in opposition to a political determine.
“It is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character,” it says.
Iranian judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi stated Trump is a goal of prosecution and won’t be protected by his political standing as of Jan. 20 when President-elect Joe Biden will take over the White House.
“Fortunately, Trump’s presidency has ended. But even if his term hadn’t ended, it would be unacceptable to say someone shouldn’t be accountable to law due to his administrative position,” he stated.
The request for Trump’s arrest comes in opposition to the backdrop of Iran’s announcement that it’ll start rising uranium enrichment by 20 %, its seizure of a South Korean tanker and heightened considerations about retaliation by Tehran in opposition to US pursuits within the Middle East for Soleimani.
The US in latest weeks has flown B-52 bombers over the Persian Gulf and despatched a nuclear-powered submarine into the Strait of Hormuz.
Trump additionally overruled the Pentagon and ordered the plane provider USS Nimitz to stay within the area due to the threats.