Iran is calling for former President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to stand trial over the assassination of terrorist General Qassem Soleimani. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said in a speech that Trump is a murderer and should face a trial over the assassination.
The Hill reports:
“If Trump and Pompeo are not tried in a fair court for the criminal act of assassinating General Soleimani, Muslims will take our martyr’s revenge,” Raisi said, according to Reuters.
“The aggressor, murderer and main culprit — the then president of the United States — must be tried and judged under the [Islamic] law of retribution, and God’s ruling must be carried out against him,” Raisi added.
“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,” Trump said in a statement the next day.
The Pentagon at the time said it carried out the mission because Soleimani was “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region” and was “responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.”
Soleimani was killed near Baghdad’s airport on Jan. 3, 2020, in a drone strike that President Trump ordered.