Iranian regime issues ‘red notice’ request to arrest president and top U.S. officials
The Islamic Republic of Iran has issued a “Red Notice” request to Interpol seeking the arrest of President Donald Trump and 47 other top U.S. officials over the killing of Iranian terrorist General Qassem Soleimani.
Soleimani was killed in a strike by American forces under President Trump’s orders in January 2020.
Iranian Judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmaeili announced the request on Tuesday.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is very seriously following up on pursuing and punishing those who ordered and executed this crime,” Esmaeili warned.
Iran is hoping that Trump will leave office on January 20 and believes that the presumed end of his presidency could open up an opportunity for “hard revenge.”
A “Red Notice” is a formal “request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action,” according to the International Criminal Police Organization.
Interpol notes that it is not an arrest warrant.
Iranian Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi also spoke on the issue on Tuesday.
Iran had prepared 1,000 pages of documents to refer to the International Criminal Court to prove that state terrorism had been used against General Soleimani, according to Alavi.
He also pledged “tough revenge at the proper time.”
Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a US drone strike on January 3, 2020, while visiting Baghdad.
Agnes Callamard, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, described the assassination as “unlawful” and a “nail in the coffin of international law,” when she took to Twitter on the anniversary of the assassination.
Iran already requested Interpol’s help in arresting Donald Trump and 35 other officials on “murder and terrorism charges” in June last year.
However, Interpol rejected the request, citing its constitution as prohibiting it from undertaking “any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious, or racial character.”
Senior Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, have repeatedly pledged to avenge the assassination of General Soleimani.
Last week, top officials in Iran’s government boasted of apparent plans to seek “hard revenge” over the killing of Soleimani by attempting to kill President Trump.
Videos of remarks by the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ebrahim Raisi, and the commander of the Qods Force, IRGC General Esmail Qaani, were posted online and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Raisi warned that those involved “will [not] be safe anywhere on the globe” and specifically suggested that Iranian “hard revenge” included targeting “the U.S. president.”
“The (Americans) should wait for the hard revenge,” Raisi said on January 1.
“The Islamic nation knows at what point in time and where this revenge will be exacted.
“The enemy should know that its life will be very difficult from now on,” he warned.
“Those who played a role in this assassination, in this crime, none of them will be safe anywhere on the globe.
“This is final,” the Iranian official vowed.