Interpol spoke after Iran asked for help arresting US President Donald Trump

Interpol has resoundingly rejected the Iranian government’s request for help in carrying out an arrest warrant for U.S. President Donald Trump.
July 03, 2020 | 15:07
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The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) said Interpol's own rules would not allow the organization to act on Iran's request to arrest U.S. President Trump, which Tehran allegedly involved in killing General Qassem Soleimani.

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(Source: AFP)

The Lyon-based organization told with RIA Novosti News that Interpol acts as a liaison between law enforcement organizations in member countries, helping them to cooperate with each other in solving crimes and arrest suspects trying to flee from justice in another jurisdiction.

“Under Article 3 of INTERPOL’s constitution ‘it is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character’,” the Interpol spokesman said. “Therefore, 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.”

Earlier, Iran had issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump and 35 others that Tehran accused of being involved in the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani and asked Interpol for assistance.

According to the June 29 announcement by prosecutor Tehran Ali Alqasimehr, Iran asked Interpol to issue a "red wanted warrant" - the highest arrest warrant - for President Trump and other individuals relating to the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani.

interpol spoke after iran asked for help arresting us president donald trump
US President Donald Trump was accused of the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. (Source: The Guardian)

U.S. Special Envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, called the Iranian announcement a “propaganda stunt that no-one takes seriously,” describing it as “political” and having “nothing to do with national security.”

Soleimani led Iran’s Quds Force, the foreign operations wing of the elite paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Trump administration labeled him a terrorist, and Washington deemed him responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S troops in Iraq but in Iran, he was widely revered as a hero.

The 62-year-old Soleimani was killed in a drone strike directed by Trump in early January while in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. News of his death sent regional tensions and oil prices soaring and triggered a retaliatory attack by Iran and its proxies on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.

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