Iran Issues Arrest Warrant for Donald Trump
Updated: Jul 3, 2020
• Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump for the drone strike in Baghdad, and are requesting help from Interpol for detaining the President.
● On Monday, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr said that President Trump, along with more than 30 others accused was involved in the drone attack on Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. They now face "murder and terrorism charges". The assassination of Soleimani came months after incidents raising tensions between the two countries, and ultimately saw Iran retaliate with a ballistic missile strike targeted at American troops in Iraq.
● The prosecutor did not identify anyone else apart from President Trump, but imposed the fact that Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.
● The organization they requested help from- Interpol, is based in Lyon, France. They stated that its constitution forbade it to undertake "any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character".
● This warrant has sparked controversy with the US's Iran envoy Brian Hook, who described the move as a "propaganda stunt". He also stated that this was meant for nothing but publicity, as tensions run high.
● Additionally, there are reports that Iran had requested a "red notice" be put out for Trump and the others. It is the highest-level notice issued by Interpol, requesting services that seek the location and arrest of the individual named.
● The consequent events could determine the international relationship between the United States and Iran
Reporter : Rahul Kurien