Tehran: arrest of those involved in the Ukrainian plane crash


On Tuesday, the Iranian judiciary announced that a number of people had been arrested for their involvement in the Ukrainian plane crash.

The spokesman of the commission, Ghulam Hussein Ismaili, said in press statements that people were arrested “for their role in the plane crash, which Tehran confirmed had been struck by an Iranian missile that hit it by mistake,” according to Iranian Press TV.

Ismaili added, “Large investigations were conducted and some individuals were arrested,” without revealing their number or names until 934 hrs (934 GMT).

The media indicated that the number of those arrested in the case amounted to 30 people.

Ismaili’s comments came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded that his country spend forming a “special court headed by a senior judge” to prosecute those responsible for bringing down the Ukrainian plane.

Rouhani told a gathering of workers in the agricultural sector on Tuesday that his country’s government was “responsible” to the Iranians and the countries that lost their citizens in the accident.

And Saturday, the General 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 caused by a missile, and said it had convincing evidence in this regard.

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


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