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Rouhani demands a special court for those responsible for the Ukrainian plane crash

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On Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on his country to set up a “special court” to prosecute those responsible for the crash of the Ukrainian plane flight last week.

This came in a speech by Rouhani as part of an event in the capital, Tehran, broadcast by the Iranian “Press TV” channel.

He said: “It is difficult to tolerate this tragic event. I call on the Iranian judiciary to set up a special court headed by a senior judge to prosecute those responsible for dropping the Ukrainian plane flight.”

He stressed that his government was “responsible” to the Iranians and the countries that lost their citizens in the incident.

He continued: “The plane’s mistake is unforgivable.”

He changed that, in return, he praised the position of the Iranian army, saying: “The army publicly admitted its mistake. This is a good first step, and people deserve to know the main accused behind this unintended error.”

And Saturday, the Iranian Staff announced, in a statement, that its air defense system shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane, after a “human error” the moment it passed over a “sensitive military zone”.

While the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced, later in the day, the commander of his underground force, Brigadier Amir Ali Haji Zadeh, that he was responsible for shooting down the plane.

Tehran initially denied the plane was hit by a missile, and said it had convincing evidence in this regard.

The Iranian authorities’ delay in claiming responsibility for the accident caused anger in the Iranian street, and led to demonstrations condemning what the protesters considered “negligence” that caused the plane to crash.

On January 8, a Ukrainian Boeing 737 passenger plane crashed, killing 176 people, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, 11 Ukraine, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 Britons.

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