SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, (THEWILL) – An Iranian prosecutor has revealed that the country has issued an Interpol arrest warrant for United States president Donald Trump for his role in the assassination of a leading military commander earlier this year.
The Tehran prosecutor, Ali Alghasimehr said the international “red alert” warrant included Trump and 35 others allegedly involved in the 3 January drone strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s clandestine overseas paramilitary force, the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on Monday.
“Thirty-six people who were involved in the assassination of Hajj Qassem were identified, including political and military officials from the United States and other governments, have been ordered by the judiciary to be given a red alert to Interpol,” he was quoted as saying by IRNA.
There’s little chance any Interpol or any other law enforcement agency would act on the warrant, which stems from a decision by Trump and hardline ideologues shaping his Iran policy to kill Soleimani outside the international airport in Baghdad.
But the stunt by Iranian authorities serves to distract attention away from the government’s failings at a crucial crossroads.
The country’s economy is in tatters because of severe US sanctions strictly constraining Iran’s ability to do business with other nations and the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which has drastically slowed the domestic economy.
Faced with the economic meltdown, the administration of President Hassan Rouhani defied health experts and began allowing businesses to re-open, sparking a resurgence of the coronavirus.
The charges against Trump and his entourage also resurrects memories of an assassination that briefly galvanised and unified large segments of Iran’s population.