Iran has issued an arrest warrant for Trump over the killing of Qassem Soleimani, and asked Interpol to help detain him

  • Iran has issued an arrest warrant for President Donald Trump and 35 other US political and military figures.
  • Tehran accused Trump of a "terrorist act" for the killing, by drone strike, of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
  • They called on Interpol to issue an international "red notice" for the president's arrest.
  • Interpol is likely to refuse the request.

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump for the killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and it's asked Interpol for help detain him.

Tehran called for an Interpol "red notice" on 36 US political and military figures, including the president, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Monday.

Iranian prosecutor Qasi Mehr said the figures had been charged with "murder and terrorist acts" for the killing of Soleimani by US drone strike in Baghdad in January.Advertisement

The strike on Soleimani on January 3 was justified by the US Department of Defence as being "aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans."

The president has broad powers in matters of military conflict under the US constitution. But some experts have questioned the legality of the strike.

The US's international allies, including the UK and Germany, also criticised the strike at the time, with Berlin warning that it risked a "dangerous escalation" in the region.

Interpol has yet to respond to Iran, but it has the power to refuse its request.

Red notices are issued to law-enforcement agencies around the world requesting that the person is located and arrested, but they do not compel them to do so. It is unlikely that Interpol would accept Iran's request for a red notice given that it is required under its own regulations to reject any request that it judges to be politically motivated.Advertisement