On Monday it was revealed that Iran has issued an arrest warrant for Donald Trump and has requested that Interpol help them detain Trump and dozens of others that the country believes carried out a drone strike that killed their top general back on January 3 in Baghdad.
Ali Alqasimehr, a prosecutor in Tehran, made a statement on Monday sharing that Trump and over 30 others are being accused by Iran of involvement in the January attack that resulted in the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. Iran has requested Trump and the others face “murder and terrorism charges.”
Alqasimehr did not identify anyone else by name other than Trump but did stress that Iran would continue to pursue prosecution of Trump even after he leaves the White House.
Interpol has not publicly responded to the situation.
Alqasimehr also stated that Iran had requested a “red notice” be put out for Trump and the others. A “red notice” is the highest-level notice issued by Interpol. The country has also requested the location and arrest of the individual named.
Under a red notice, local authorities are given the power to make the arrests on behalf of the country that requested it. However, the notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects but can put government leaders on the spot and limits on the suspects’ travel.
Once Interpol receives one of these types of requests it meets by committee to discuss whether it will share the information with its members of state. Interpol has no regulations that require it to make any of the notices public.
It is highly unlikely that Interpol will grant Iran’s request as its guideline for notices forbids it from “undertaking any intervention or activities of a political” nature.
General Soleimani was killed by US forces in the January attack near the Baghdad International Airport. Soleimani’s assassination came following months of incidents that caused high tension between the two countries.
Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike that targeted US troops, but no one was killed in that attack.