• On Monday, Iran announced arrest warrants for 36 people including President Donald Trump for their role in the January drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani
  • Tehran Attorney General Ali Alqasi Mehr said Trump was at the top of the list
  • Iran requested Interpol to place a red notice on the 36 people but the agency refused
  • Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook dismissed the warrant as a political stunt

Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others they believe carried out the drone strike that killed top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani.

Tehran Attorney General, Ali Alqasi Mehr, said Trump and more than 30 others are accused of involvement in the January 3 strike that killed the Iranian general in Baghdad. The 36 people face “murder and terrorism charges,” the ISNA news agency reported. Alqasi Mehr did not identify anyone else other than Trump but stated Iran would continue to pursue his prosecution even after his presidency ends.

Alqasi Mehr also stated that Iran requested a “red notice” to be issued for Trump and the others, which represents the highest level arrest request issued by Interpol. The notices cannot force countries to arrest or extradite suspects but can put government leaders on the spot and limit the suspects’ travel.

In a statement to CNN, Interpol said it “would not consider requests of this nature.” It explained that the request did not follow its rules and constitution, which says, “it is strictly forbidden for the organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.” However, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook called the move a “political stunt” during a joint press conference with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Monday.


“It’s propaganda that we’re used to,” Hook said. “This has nothing to do with national security, international peace, or promoting stability, so we see it for what it is — it’s a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish,” he added.

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