The Iranian authorities have assured Monday that they will sue the president of the United States, Donald Trump, for the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani and have stressed that the president “must appear before an international tribunal.”
“The lawsuit will be filed while in power as president of the United States,” said Iranian judicial chief Ebrahim Raisi, as reported by the Iranian news agency FARS.
“We will not leave him alone. He must appear before an international tribunal,” he said, before adding that Trump “must be held accountable for his acts as the principal suspect.”
Soleimani died with the ‘number two’ of the Popular Mobilization Forces (FMP) – a coalition of Iraqi pro-government militias supported by Tehran -, Abu Mahdi al Muhandis, and several Iraqi militiamen, after which Iran promised to take revenge for the attack.
In response to the death of Soleimani, Iran attacked two military bases located in Iraq on Wednesday in which American soldiers are deployed, in which Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Jamenei, described Washington as a “slap”.
Trump said hours later that the attacks have ended without casualties, although a person in charge of the Revolutionary Guards of Iran said that they have killed at least 80 US military personnel.
For their part, the Iraqi authorities strongly criticized the bombing of Soleimani and Al Muhandis and stressed that the FMP was an important element in the fight against the Islamic State in the country.
For this reason, the Parliament approved on January 5 a motion that requires the expulsion of US troops from the country and obliges the Government to commit to making public any agreement reached in the future for the presence of foreign military advisers and trainers.
During the day of January 6, the Iraqi Executive limited the activities of the international coalition and reduced them to training and advisory work, prohibiting their movements by land and air. Therefore, the coalition against the Islamic State announced on January 9 a “pause” of its military operations in Iraq.