Mourners attend an outdoor vigil for the victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed in Iran, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Reuters: Chris Helgren)
Arrests have been made for the accidental demolition of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed the 176 people on board just after Tehran took off, the Iranian judiciary said on Tuesday.
- Several arrests were made after “thorough investigations” of the demolition
- Iran’s president said the plane’s demolition was an “unforgivable mistake”
- The incident killed 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries.
The announcement came shortly after the president of Iran called for the creation of a special tribunal to investigate the demolition of the plane last week by Iranian forces.
The spokesman for the judiciary, Gholamhossein Esmaili, was quoted by Iranian state media as saying “thorough investigations have been carried out and some people have been arrested.” He did not say how many people have been arrested, nor did he name them.
Iran, which initially rejected accusations that a missile had shot down the plane, acknowledged, three days after Wednesday’s demolition and the growing evidence, that its Revolutionary Guard had shot down the Ukrainian plane by mistake.
Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Tuesday that the downing of the Ukrainian plane was an “unforgivable mistake” and Iran will punish all those responsible for the accidental shooting, adding that the “tragic event” will be thoroughly investigated. .
“The Iranian armed forces admit that their mistake is a good first step … We must assure people that it will not happen again,” he said, adding that his government was “responsible to the Iranians and other nations that lost their lives in the plane crash. ” .
“The judiciary must form a special court with a high-ranking judge and dozens of experts,” Rouhani said.
“This is not an ordinary case. Everyone will be watching this court.”
The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, carried 167 passengers and nine crew members from several countries, including 82 Iranians, 57 Canadians, including many Iranians with dual citizenship, and 11 Ukrainians, according to officials.
There were several children among the passengers, including a baby.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau blames US and Iranian leaders
Globalnews.ca @globalnews In an exclusive interview with @DFriesenGlobal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that, in his opinion, the “tensions” in the region led directly to the demolition of a passenger plane outside Tehran that claimed at least 57 lives Canadians
On Tuesday, Justin Trudeau blamed the confrontation between Donald Trump and the leaders of Iran for the deaths of the 176 people killed, saying they would still be alive if it weren’t for the growing tensions.
The Canadian leader said that those who died when the plane was shot down by an Iranian missile could have been “now at home with their families” if it weren’t for the growing tensions in the region.
“This is something that happens when there are conflicts and wars, the innocent are the most affected,” Trudeau said in an interview with Global News Television on Monday.
Iran shot down the plane as it prepared for possible reprisals by the United States for a ballistic missile attack on two military bases that house US troops in Iraq.
No one was injured in that attack, which was carried out to avenge the murder of General of the Revolutionary Guards Qassem Soleimani in a US air strike in Baghdad.
The demolition and lack of transparency around him have rekindled anger in Iran over the country’s leadership, and protesters took to the streets in recent days.
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