Interpol says no red notice for Donald Trump after Iran request

Interpol says no red notice for Donald Trump after Iran request

Tehran Prosecutor General Ali Alqasi-Mehr has identified 36 individuals he says contributed to the death of Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani in January, with U.S. President Donald Trump among those he told Interpol on Monday to arrest in relation to the matter.

"If or when any such requests were to be sent to the General Secretariat, in accordance with the provisions of our constitution and rules, Interpol would not consider requests of this nature", the worldwide policing body told The National.

"36 individuals who have been involved or ordered the assassination of Hajj Qassem, including the political and military officials of the USA and other governments, have been identified and arrest warrants have been issued for them by the judiciary officials and red alerts have also been issued for them via the Interpol", said Ali Alqasi Mehr.

After a meeting of the country's Supreme Judicial Council, Mr Alqasimehr said that 35 others would face charges in Iran as well as Mr Trump.

Alqasimehr stressed that Iran would continue to pursue Trump's prosecution even after his presidency ends.

Recall that the USA military killed Soleimani in an air strike outside Baghdad worldwide airport.

Interpol said in a statement that its constitution forbade it to undertake "any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character".

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Interpol "would not consider requests of this nature", it said.

The assassination came after months of incidents raising tensions between the two countries and ultimately saw Iran retaliate with a ballistic missile strike targeting American troops in Iraq.

That was something noted by Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, who dismissed the announcement during a news conference in Saudi Arabia on Monday.

"Our assessment is that Interpol does not intervene and issue red notices".

"It's a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously and makes the Iranians look foolish", Hook said.

Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike targeting USA troops in Iraq.

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