The Iranian government has issued an arrest warrant for 36 individuals, including President Donald Trump, for the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in January. Iran’s attorney general Ali Alqasi Mehr stated that the Iranian government would not attempt to prosecute Trump as long as he remained in office but would attempt to prosecute him when his term is over.
The Iranian government also asked Interpol to issue a “red notice” — which alerts police in member countries to be on the lookout for international fugitives from justice — for Trump and the other individuals named in the arrest warrant; however, according to CNN, Interpol flatly rejected that request, saying, “it is strictly forbidden for the organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.”
The Iranian government has been seething with anger over the January killing of Soleimani, who was in charge of the Quds Force until his death. The United States government accused Soleimani and the Quds of fostering unrest in both Syria and Iraq and carrying out attacks on United States troops in both countries. He was specifically suspected of being involved in the December 27, 2019, rocket attack on the K-1 Air Base and New Year’s Eve attack on the United States Embassy in Baghdad, both of which resulted in American deaths.
Soleimani was one of the most powerful people in Iran, and after his death, many Iranians protested in the streets, although it is unclear how many of them did so willingly. After significant saber-rattling, the Iranian government responded to his death militarily by launching a rocket attack that many observers noted was likely designed to specifically avoid causing United States casualties.
A U.S. government spokesperson claimed that Monday’s decision to issue an arrest warrant for Trump was more of the same and a mere face-saving measure for the Iranian government.