A senior judiciary official of the Islamic Republic of Iran has issued a warrant for the arrest of US President Donald Trump and other US government officials linked to the assassination of Major General and Quds Force Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran, Qassem Soleimani, on January 3 at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq after a bloody precision drone attack.
The arrest warrant was issued by Tehran’s prosecutor, Ali Alqasi-Mehr.
The prosecutor also indicated that the Iranian judiciary has sent red alert notices to Interpol, in the interest of prosecuting “dozens of United States military and political officials, including President Donald Trump, on charges of planning and executing a terrorist attack in the Iraqi capital to assassinate Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and his comrades,” reports PressTV.
“Thirty-six people who participated in the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani have been identified, including political and military officials of the United States and other governments,” said Ali Alqasi-Mehr.
The charges that those involved would face would be “murder and acts of terrorism”. And, the arrest warrant would remain in effect even after the officials leave their positions of power in the U.S. government.
This decision by Iran was anticipated soon after Soleimani’s assassination. In February, Iran’s head of the judiciary, Ebrahim Raeis, had contacted the Iraqi authorities to build the case that has made the arrest warrants for U.S. officials viable.
The two countries agreed in February to take the case of Soleimani’s murder to the International Court of Justice.
Last Monday, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, Mohsen Baharvand, also offered a preview by stating:
“So far, our intelligence and security agencies have identified about 40 Americans, who have been involved in one way or another in this assassination by issuing orders or facilitating the process. Others are not yet known, including some US drone operators, but they will be identified in the near future”.
Baharvand also said that:
“Since this has been a crime against our sovereignty and national security, the government of the United States and those countries whose territories were used to commit this crime are responsible from the point of view of international responsibility, and must be held accountable for their action, which is in contravention of international law, and we will follow up on this issue in various international forums and organizations”.
Iranian judges and foreign policy leaders maintain that the involvement of Trump and other U.S. officials in Soleimani’s murder is proven.
In a public statement following the event, Trump celebrated Soleimani’s execution and the Pentagon itself claimed credit for the air strike that ended the life of the most important military leader in the fight against Western-sponsored terrorism in the Middle East.
The action of the Tehran prosecutor’s office is unprecedented and comes to fulfill the promise of the Iranian leadership to avenge Soleimani’s execution.
Moreover, it should be said that the movement is forceful and well calibrated to a context marked by warlike tensions and Trump’s bravado. Far from the military retaliation expected by Washington, Iran is leading an international judicial action with broad popular support, creating a common front at regional and global level against Washington.
In 2018, Iran managed to get the ICJ to order the US to lift the criminal sanctions that have ruined the Persian economy, although Washington refused to comply.
Mohsen Mohebi, Iran’s representative to the International Court of Justice, 2018 Photo: Archive
Iran showed that Washington’s unilateral measures have had a detrimental impact on the lives and health of Iranians. With a powerful legal argument based on the Treaty of Friendship, Economic Relations and Consular Rights signed with the US in 1955, Iran won the case in the ICJ, defeating the Trump Government.
Iran’s experience and prestige in judicial institutions at the international level have motivated this initiative that opens a new battlefield.