Iranian law enforcement officials have arrested several people in connection with the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane, Iran’s justice system spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on Tuesday, 14th of January.
“There have been large-scale investigations and some individuals have been detained,” Iranian media quoted Esmaili as saying.
He did not mention the number and names of those detained.
“The justice system needs to create a special court with a high-ranking judge and dozens of experts,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a statement Tuesday. “This is not a simple matter. The whole world will look at this court.”
The president said the tragedy was a “painful and unforgivable” mistake and promised that his administration would work on it “by all means”.
“The responsibility does not lie on just one person,” he said, pointing out that those found guilty should be punished.
“There are others, and I want this thing to be handled fairly,” Rouhani pointed out.
“Passengers on an Iranian crashed Ukrainian plane would have been alive today if not for the recent escalation of tensions, partly caused by the US,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“I think if there wouldn’t be tension, if there wouldn’t be a recent escalation in the region, these Canadians would be home with their families now,” Trudeau told Global.
He added that the international community had been “very, very clear on Iran’s non-nuclear weapons” but also on “the resolution of tensions in the region, also caused by US actions”.
Ukrainian plane with 176 people crashed on the 8th of January, a few hours after an Iranian rocket strike on US bases in Iraq, in response to an rocket strike in Iraq that killed an Iranian general and nine others in 3rd of January.
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