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Iraq issues arrest warrant for Trump for 'premeditated murder'

Iraq issues arrest warrant for Trump for ‘premeditated murder’

Iraq issues warrant to arrest Trump for ‘premeditated murder’ over airstrike which saw its paramilitary chief killed alongside Iran’s General Soleimani – A Baghdad court has issued a warrant for arrest of US President Donald Trump – Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis died in the same US drone strike that killed Soleimani – Court for east Baghdad issued the warrant under Article 406 of the penal code An arrest warrant has been issued for outgoing President Donald Trump in connection with the killing of an Iranian general and a powerful Iraqi militia leader last year, Iraq’s judiciary said. The warrant was issued on Thursday by a judge in Baghdad’s investigative court tasked with probing the Washington-directed drone strike that killed Gen. Qassim Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the court’s media office said. They were killed outside the capital’s airport last January. Al-Muhandis was the deputy leader of the state-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group composed of an array of militias, including Iran-backed groups, formed to fight the Islamic State group. Iraq’s judiciary has issued an arrest warrant for outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump in connection with the killing of an Iranian general and a powerful Iraqi militia leader last year People attend the first anniversary of the killing of senior Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a U.S. attack, in Baghdad, Iraq, January 2 Worshippers chant slogans during Friday prayers ceremony, as a banner show Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, left, and Iraqi Shiite senior militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone attack on January 3, 2020 (File image) Soleimani headed the expeditionary Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. The arrest warrant was for a charge of premeditated murder, which carries the death penalty on conviction. It is unlikely to be carried out but symbolic in the waning days of Trump’s presidency. The decision to issue the warrant ‘was made after the judge recorded the statements of the claimants from the family of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,’ according to a statement from the Supreme Judicial Council. Trump talks to reporters while hosting Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi (not pictured) and Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien in the Oval Office at the White House August 20, 2020 The investigation into the killings is ongoing, the court said. The killings sparked a diplomatic crisis and strained U.S.-Iraq ties, drawing the ire of Shiite political lawmakers who passed a non-binding resolution to pressure the government to oust foreign troops from the country. Iran-backed groups have since stepped up attacks against the American presence in Iraq, leading to threats by Washington to shutter its Baghdad diplomatic mission. Comments 390 Share what you think The comments below have not been moderated. We are no longer accepting comments on this article.

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Twitter suspends fake account linked to Iran’s Supreme Leader over Trump assassination post

Twitter takes 17 hours to act over tweet threatening to assassinate Trump that was posted by a ‘fake’ account pretending to be the Iranian Supreme Leader – A tweet from an account under the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s name on Thursday tweeted that revenge was ‘inevitable’ – It showed a photo of a golfer resembling Trump, taken from an overhead view which throws up immediate connotations of an air strike – On January 3 last year, General Soleimani was killed in an airstrike that was ordered by Trump – Reuters first said the account belonged to Khamenei, even though it is not his official account – Then, they said Twitter had told them it was a fake account – Now, the AP is reporting the account has been linked to Khamenei’s office but is not official – Nonetheless, Twitter still took 17 hours to do anything about the violent threat – It then suspended the account but not because of the post – instead it was because it was fake – Trump had his Twitter account permanently deleted after the Jan 6 MAGA riot Twitter finally suspended a fake account that was listed under Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s name 17 hours after it posted an image of drone targeting Trump-lookalike in revenge for US airstrike, and long after it was first reported on. The photo was taken from an overhead view which tossed up immediate connotations of drone strikes, the likes of which was used to kill General Soleimani on January 3 last year. The tweet roughly translated to: ‘Revenge is inevitable. Soleimani’s killer and the one who ordered Soleimani’s murder must take revenge.’ It that it was possible ‘at any time.’ Khamenei has five official Twitter accounts where he posts the same things in various languages – Arabic, English, Farsi, Russian and Spanish. The Khamenei_site handle is not any of those but Reuters’ attributed it to him on Thursday night and said he’d posted it. Twitter did nothing and gave no statement to indicate whether or not it was investigating the tweet. On Friday, Reuters tweeted that it was in fact a fake account and was not that of the Iranian leader who has, in the past, tweeted antisemitic, anti-American and anti-COVID vaccine remarks. Now, the AP is reporting the account has been linked to Khamenei’s office but is not official. Nonetheless, Twitter still took 17 hours to do anything about the violent threat and then only suspended the account but not because of the post. They said it was being suspended because it was fake. On January 8, Twitter permanently deleted Trump’s account over the riots at the Capitol two days earlier. An account attributed to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened to assassinate Donald Trump in this tweet on Thursday but it took Twitter 17 hours to do anything. On Friday, they suspended his account but didn’t delete it – like they did to Trump after the January 6 riots. It has since emerged that the account was fake Eventually, Twitter suspended the account but it took 17 hours CEO Jack Dorsey was inundated with questions about the double standard. ‘So Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gets a pass for threatening to assassinate a former US President?’ one person asked. Another said: ‘Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, was removed from this platform “due to the risk of further incitement of violence. ‘Today, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, shared an image bearing a resemblance to Trump which calls for “revenge.”‘ Soleimani was killed in a U.S. airstrike on January 3 last year in Iraq, which was ordered by Trump. Earlier this month, Twitter removed a tweet by Khamenei in which he said U.S. and British-made vaccines were unreliable and may be intended to ‘contaminate other nations’. Khamenei’s real account, where he has made antisemitic remarks in the past, remains active The platform said the tweet violated its rules against misinformation. Tensions rapidly grew between Tehran and Washington since 2018, when Trump exited a 2015 deal between Iran and six world powers that sought to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme. Washington reimposed sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy. Iran called for action and ‘not just words’ shortly after Joe Biden was sworn in as U.S. president on Wednesday. Biden has said Washington will rejoin the nuclear deal if Iran resumes strict compliance. Earlier this month, an arrest warrant was issued by Iraq for former president Trump in connection with the killing of Soleimani. The warrant was issued on January 7 by a judge in Baghdad’s investigative court tasked with probing the Washington-directed drone strike that killed Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the court’s media office said. They were killed outside the capital’s airport last January. Twitter has been accused in the past of applying a double standard to world leaders and their tweets. Trump was routinely censored before he was permanently removed whereas Khamenei has not been Al-Muhandis was the deputy leader of the state-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group composed of an array of militias, including Iran-backed groups, formed to fight the Islamic State group. Soleimani headed the expeditionary Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. The arrest warrant was for a charge of premeditated murder, which carries the death penalty on conviction. It is unlikely to be carried out but symbolic in the waning days of Trump’s presidency. The decision to issue the warrant ‘was made after the judge recorded the statements of the claimants from the family of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis,’ according to a statement from the Supreme Judicial Council. The investigation into the killings is ongoing, the court said. The killings sparked a diplomatic crisis and strained U.S.-Iraq ties, drawing the ire of Shiite political lawmakers who passed a non-binding resolution to pressure the government to oust foreign troops from the country. Iran-backed groups have since stepped up attacks against the American presence in Iraq, leading to threats by Washington to shutter its Baghdad diplomatic mission. Comments 1556 Share what you think The comments below have not been moderated. We are no longer accepting comments on this article.

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