Iraqi Court Issues Arrest Warrant for Trump over Assassination of Anti-Terror Commander
TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iraqi court authorized to investigate the assassination of deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in January 2020 has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump, the press service of Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council said on Thursday.
The judge in Al-Rasafa court [Baghdad's district], authorized to investigate the killing of al-Muhandis, has decided to issue an arrest warrant for the American leader based on Article 406 of the Iraqi criminal code, the press service announced, adding that investigators will continue to identify other persons involved in this crime, whether they are Iraqis or foreign nationals.
According to the statement, the judge made their decision after completing the preliminary investigation. On Thursday, the court heard testimonies of plaintiffs — family members of the assassinated leader.
Case files include videos containing Trump's official statements, indicating that he had issued an order to conduct the drone strike. Testimonies were collected from the management and security personnel of Baghdad International Airport, as well as from the staff of the UK private military company G4S, who were at the airport at the time of the terror operation.
It came just days after Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli stated that Tehran has requested that Interpol issue a ‘Red Notice’ for Trump and 47 other officials, over their “role” in the assassination of top commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.
Gen. Soleimani and al-Muhandis were assassinated along with their companions in a US attack authorized by White House near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020. Both commanders were admired by Muslim nations for eliminating the Washington-sponsored Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) Takfiri terrorist group in the region, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
The assassination has inflamed tensions between Washington and Tehran, and drew a harsh rebuke from Baghdad, prompting the Iraqi Parliament to pass a resolution ordering American forces to leave the country.
Ein Al-Assad, which houses US troops, found itself under fire from volleys of ballistic missiles launched from Iran on Jabuary 8, 2020, in retaliation for martyrdom of the former IRGC Qods Force commander.
According to the US Defense Department, at least 115 American forces suffered “traumatic brain injuries” during the counterstrike on the base. The IRGC, however, announced Washington uses the term to mask the number of the Americans who perished during the retaliation.
Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has called the military operation "only a slap across the face" of the United States, stating that "military moves like this are not enough. The Americans' corruption-stirring presence should come to an end".
Tehran reiterates that its strategic objective is expelling the US troops from the region, naming it the true vengeance for the terror attack on its most popular commander.
On the sidelines of the 1st anniversary of the martyrdom of General Soleimani in Tehran on Friday, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said Iran is fully ready to take revenge from the assassins of Gen.Soleimani, stressing that the very thought of revenge has caused a constant nightmare for the Americans.
“We are ready to confront any US move against Iran in the region.” Salami stated, adding, “We are prepared to avenge the blood of the martyrs and liberate Muslims forever from the political, economic and cultural hegemony of the US.”
“We assure our people that we will take revenge from the perpetrators of the terror attack on Martyr Lieutenant General Soleimani and his companions very harshly,” he went on to say.