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Thursday, 18 July 2024 – 19:12

Why has Iran issued an arrest warrant for Trump?

Iran have issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over the killing of top Iranian General, Qassem Soleimani.

The general was killed back on 3rd of January this year, following a US airstrike that was authorised by President Trump.

Trump, along with 35 others – mostly top US military officials – have been charged with various terror and murder charges by an Iranian court, 6 months after the general was killed.

Prosecutor, Ali Alqasimehr, announced the charges on Monday, stating that they will still attempt to pursue Trump, even after his presidency ends.

Iran have requested a ‘red notice’ from Interpol – the highest possible international warrant – to seek the arrest of the sitting president, according to reports.

Countries cannot be forced to extradite those indicted by foreign governments, meaning it is unlikely that Trump will ever be placed before an Iranian court, but the decision sparks an unprecedented move by Iran after it was initially expected they were to take little action against the United States over the killing of Soleimani.

It is considered unlikely that Interpol will grant Iran’s request for a red notice, with Interpol not permitted to act in political activities.

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