BAGHDAD: An arrest warrant was issued on Thursday for outgoing President Donald Trump in link with the killing of an Iranian normal and a impressive Iraqi militia chief previous 12 months, Iraq’s judiciary stated.
The warrant was issued by a judge in Baghdad’s investigative court docket tasked with probing the Washington-directed drone strike that killed Standard Qassim Suleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the court’s media office reported. They have been killed outside the house the capital’s airport final January.
Al-Muhandis was the deputy chief of the state-sanctioned well-liked mobilization forces, an umbrella team composed of an array of militias, such as Iran-backed teams, fashioned to struggle the Islamic State team.
Suleimani headed the expeditionary Quds force of Iran‘s Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The arrest warrant was for a cost of premeditated murder, which carries the demise penalty on conviction. It is not likely to be carried out but symbolic in the waning times of Trump’s presidency.
The determination to situation the warrant “was built after the decide recorded the statements of the claimants from the household of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,” according to a statement from the supreme judicial council. The investigation into the killings is ongoing, the courtroom explained.
The killings sparked a diplomatic crisis and strained US-Iraq ties, drawing the ire of Shiite political lawmakers who handed a non-binding resolution to force the federal government to oust foreign troops from the place.
Iran-backed groups have since stepped up assaults in opposition to the American existence in Iraq, primary to threats by Washington to shutter its Baghdad diplomatic mission.