Late on Monday. Interpol rejected the Iranian government’s request for help in carrying out an arrest warrant for Donald Trump.
“Under Article 3 of INTERPOL’s constitution ‘it is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character’,” the organization said in an email.
“Therefore, if or when any such requests were to be sent to the General Secretariat, in accordance with the provisions of our constitution and rules, INTERPOL would not consider requests of this nature.”
On Monday, Iran issued an arrest warrant for Trump over the killing of its top commander, Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone attack back on January 3.
Tehran Attorney General Ali Alghasi-Mehr named Trump and 35 other people, who the country has formally accused of involvement in Soleimani’s death. The 35 individuals are “murder and terrorism charges.” He also requested that Interpol issue “red notices” for them. Red notices are the highest level of notification that Interpol has.
Also, on Monday. Brian Hook the U.S. Special Envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, called the Iranian announcement a “propaganda stunt that no-one takes seriously.” He went on to describe the situation as “political” and having “nothing to do with national security.”
Soleimani was the head of Iran’s Quds Force, the foreign operations wing of the elite paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. He was labeled a terrorist by Trump’s administration. Washington deemed him “responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. troops in Iraq,” however in Iraq he was looked upon as a hero.
Soleimani, 62, was killed in a drone strike that was ordered by Trump in Baghdad’s capital. His death caused tensions to mount and oil prices to soar.