Jan. 8 (UPI) — A choose in Iraq has issued an arrest warrant for President Donald Trump for the loss of life of an Iraqi paramilitary commander who was killed final yr in a U.S. drone strike assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
The warrant was introduced Thursday in a press launch from the Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq, stating it was issued following the completion of a preliminary investigation into the loss of life of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandiss, the deputy head of the Well-liked Mobilization Forces, that thought-about statements from the deceased’s household.
“The investigation procedures will proceed to seek out out different participates within the implementation of this crime, whether or not they’re Iraqis or foreigners,” the assertion stated.
The warrant was issued underneath Article 406 of the Iraqi Penal Code. In response to a report from the Human Rights Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights, Article 406 permits the loss of life penalty as punishment for these convicted of premeditated homicide.
Al-Muhandis was killed in a drone strike on the motorcade of Soleimani on the Baghdad airport on Jan. 3, 2020, amid skyrocketing tensions between the USA and Iran.
Trump ordered the strike in retaliation for protesters storming the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad days earlier. The USA blamed Iran for the assault towards its facility.
In June, Iranian prosecutors additionally issued an arrest warrant for Trump and 35 different U.S. officers in connection to the January strike.