Iraqi judge orders Trump’s arrest so he can face execution over Soleimani strike

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Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike ordered by Donald Trump

In a move that must be making congressional Democrats green with envy, an Iraqi judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of President Donald Trump over the killing of Iranian and Iraqi military officials in an air attack last year at Baghdad International Airport.

The crime would likely be eligible for capital punishment under Iraq’s criminal code, though such extradition and sentences are extremely unlikely.

Iraq’s Supreme Judicial Council announced on Jan. 7 that a judge with the Rusafa Investigation Court, the judicial body conducting the yearlong probe, “decided to issue an arrest warrant against the outgoing President of the United States Donald Trump in accordance with the provisions of Article 406 of the Iraqi Penal Code” over the killing of Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces deputy commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and the designated target of the U.S. strike, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani, along with others who were nearby.

Article 406 falls under the “Murder” section of Iraq’s Penal Code, dealing specifically with most grave cases of homicide, ones that are “punishable by death.” The code dates back to 1969 but has been amended since the 2003 U.S. invasion that overthrew then-President Saddam Hussein, who was executed in 2006 for crimes against humanity, a charge established outside of Iraq’s criminal code by a special tribunal under the new U.S.-installed government.

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