The Iranian government has filed a “red notice” with Interpol requesting the arrest of President Donald Trump and 47 other officials at the Pentagon and the United States Strategic Command for the extrajudicial assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Major General Qassem Soleimani, which Trump ordered and carried out on January 3, 2020, Al Jazeera reported 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 said at a press conference.
“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,” said Esmaili.
This is the second time that Iran has demanded the apprehension of Trump and top American military brass, Al Jazeera noted:
In June, Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr issued an arrest warrant for Trump and dozens of US officials saying they face ‘murder and terrorism charges.’
But France-based Interpol rejected Iran’s request, saying its constitution forbids it from undertaking ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.’
Iran has vowed to avenge Soleimani’s death but has not yet followed through with its retaliatory threat.
“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,” Iranian Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi said on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of the drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq that neutralized Soleimani.
Iranian Guardian Council Ali Kadkhodaei added that Trump’s “legal immunity as head of state is problematic for legally pursuing him, but ‘some international experts hold the view that after Trump’s presidency is over this might be possible,'” according to Al Jazeera.
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