Tehran has applied to Interpol for an international arrest warrant against US President Donald Trump in connection with the assassination of senior Iranian general Qassem Soleimani a year ago.
Iran’s justice spokesman Gholam Hossein Ismaili revealed this on Iranian state television on Tuesday.
“In this regard, we have filed a ‘red notice’ at Interpol against 48 people, including Trump, US commanders and Pentagon representatives, as well as US troops in the region,” Ismaili said.
There is constructive cooperation with neighboring Iraq on the issue, the spokesman added.
Interpol, founded in 1923, coordinates the police operations of its 194 member states.
A country can use the “red notice” to request other countries to search for and arrest a person.
On January 3, 2020, following Trump’s instructions, the U.S. Army killed Soleimani, who was visiting Iraq with a rocket attack near the Baghdad airport.
The influential leader of the Iraqi militia Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, the deputy chief of the Iraqi militia Hashd al-Shaabi, also died.
Soleimani was the commander of the elite Quds Force, part of an elite unit of the Iranian armed forces.
He coordinated the activities of militias loyal to Iran in Iraq and other countries.
President Hassan Rowhani called Soleimani a national hero and he has become a legend in the region after his assassination by the United States.
Tehran will avenge its assassination “in due course” while simultaneously taking legal action against Trump and the Pentagon, Rowhani said. (dpa / NAN)