Iran makes arrests for shooting down Ukrainian plane

Rescuers searched the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed near Tehran on January 8.

Photo:

Ebrahim Noroozi / Associated Press

Iranian authorities said the suspects have been arrested in connection with the shooting down of a Ukrainian plane that killed 176 people, as public outrage and demands for responsibility increase.

The judiciary did not give details on how many people were arrested or identified the detainees, but said it was in the early stages of the process to process them. “We will investigate all aspects of this issue,” spokesman for the judiciary

Gholamhossein Esmaili

said in comments carried by state television.

He said Iran would also investigate whether “warlike” “United States” was to blame.

Iranian President

Hassan Rouhani

He urged the country’s judiciary to establish a special court of judges and senior experts to hold those responsible for the plane crash responsible. Iranian officials acknowledged over the weekend that their military shot down the plane by mistake.

Rouhani said the responsibility for the demolition of the plane was necessary not only for the sake of the victims of the accident, but also to show responsibility to the Iranian people.

“Anyone who should be punished will be punished,” Rouhani said in a televised speech, his first public comments since the plane was shot down. “The whole world will be watching our test.”

752 flight route

IMAM KHOMEINI

INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Airplane takes off

6:12 a.m.

Taxis

to the track

6:08 a.m.

Iranian officials said the plane began to return to the airport due to a technical failure.

Scope of the SA-15

missile (12 km)

Note: all schedules are local. The flight path is unknown after the last signal.

Sources: Flightradar24 (flight route); Google Image)

Renée Rigdon and Todd Lindeman / The Wall Street Journal

IMAM KHOMEINI

INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Airplane takes off

6:12 a.m.

Taxis

to the track

6:08 a.m.

Iranian officials said the plane began to return to the airport due to a technical failure.

Scope of the SA-15

missile (12 km)

Note: all schedules are local. The flight path is unknown after the last signal.

Sources: Flightradar24 (flight route); Google Image)

Renée Rigdon and Todd Lindeman / The Wall Street Journal

IMAM KHOMEINI

INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Airplane takes off

6:12 a.m.

Taxis

to the track

6:08 a.m.

Iranian officials said the plane began to return to the airport due to a technical failure.

Scope of the SA-15

missile (12 km)

Note: all schedules are local. The flight path is unknown after the last signal.

Sources: Flightradar24 (flight route); Google Image)

Renée Rigdon and Todd Lindeman / The Wall Street Journal

IMAM KHOMEINI

INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Airplane takes off

6:12 a.m.

Taxis

to the track

6:08 a.m.

Iranian officials said the plane began to return to the airport due to a technical failure.

Scope of the SA-15

missile (12 km)

Note: all schedules are local. The flight path is unknown after the last signal.

Sources: Flightradar24 (flight route); Google Image)

Renée Rigdon and Todd Lindeman / The Wall Street Journal

Scope of the SA-15

missile (12 km)

IMAM KHOMEINI

INTERNATIONAL

AIRPORT

Airplane takes off

6:12 a.m.

Taxis

to the track

6:08 a.m.

Iranian officials said the plane began to return to the airport due to a technical failure.

Note: all schedules are local. The flight path is unknown after the last signal.

Sources: Flightradar24 (flight route); Google Image)

Renée Rigdon and Todd Lindeman / The Wall Street Journal

Write to Sune Engel Rasmussen at [email protected]

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