The Iranian government has filed a “red notice” with Interpol calling for the arrest of US President Donald Trump and 47 other US officials for the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 3 2020.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is following very seriously the prosecution and punishment of those who ordered and carried out this crime,” Iranian justice spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said, reported by Al Jazeera.
Interpol did not grant a previous request for the arrest of Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr, when he issued an international arrest warrant in June for the arrest of Mr. Trump and other Pentagon and command officials central American for “murder and terrorism”.
Rejecting the June request, Interpol said its own constitution prohibited it from undertaking any “political, military, religious or racial intervention or activity.”
As Mr. Trump steps down on January 20, Iran hopes it will become easier to force him to face the consequences of Mr. Soleimani’s murder.
Iran’s Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi said: “Fortunately, Trump’s presidency is over. But even if his term was not over, it would be unacceptable to say that someone should not be accountable to the law because of their administrative position.
Mr. Trump’s term ends on January 20.
Ali Kadkhodaei, spokesperson for the Guardian Council that reviews legislation and oversees elections in Iran, said that while it is difficult to bring legal action against Mr. Trump while he is head of state, “Some international experts believe that after Trump’s presidency, this might be possible.”
Tensions mounted between Iran and the United States around the first anniversary of Mr. Soleimani’s death.
The United States has flown B-52 bombers over the Gulf several times over the past month and made the decision on Monday to keep a Navy aircraft carrier in the area due to what it has described as a growing threat from Iran, Al Jazeera reported.
The independent previously reported that Iran has started enriching uranium to 20 percent purity, its most significant violation to date of the 2015 agreement that placed limits on its nuclear technology program.
Radical Iranian Revolutionary Guards also took control of a South Korean oil tanker in the Persian Gulf on Monday that they claim has repeatedly violated “environmental protocols,” according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. .
The United States subsequently called on Iran to release the South Korean tanker it had seized in the Gulf.