Iran makes arrests over jet disaster and vows full investigation

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2020

Iran's Judiciary spokesman said here Tuesday that the Islamic republic has arrested some people related to the crash of a recent Ukrainian passenger plane over Tehran's sky, official IRNA news agency reported.

Rouhani promised a thorough investigation into the "unforgivable error" of shooting down the plane, giving a television address on Tuesday, the latest in a series of apologies from a leadership that rarely admits mistakes.

"As the representative of the Iranian nation and the president, I will follow this up and we will inform the people about whatever results we reach in the next stages", Rouhani pledged. This was a big part of why Iran so quickly came clean on accidentally downing the Ukrainian plane, but the delay is still a sore spot domestically.

At a televised press conference on Saturday, Trudeau said he told Rouhani the admission was "an important step" but "many more steps must be taken".

Iran shot down the plane as the country was bracing for possible USA retaliation for a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.

Missiles launched at a USA base in Iraq killed an American contractor in December, an attack Washington blamed on an Iran-backed group.

It advised ships to refuse to allow Iranian forces to board but not to forcibly resist them, and to immediately contact the US Fifth Fleet.

January 8's shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, killing all 176 people aboard, has led to one of the biggest public challenges to the Islamic Republic's clerical rulers since they took power four decades ago.

"This is not an ordinary case".

On Tuesday, Justin Trudeau blamed the showdown between Donald Trump and Iran's leaders for the deaths of the 176 people killed, saying they would still be alive if it was not for escalating tensions.

The cause of the crash was initially shrouded in mystery, with Iran insisting repeatedly that the plane had suffered a technical fault.

"We will meet in person in London to discuss the ways, including legal, (for) how we are following this up", Vadym Prystaiko said on Monday.

The downing of the Ukrainian airlines flight is "clear evidence that more needs to be done when you're dealing with military activities versus civilian operations", Fox said.

"If we had said straight away that they had shot it down, I am not sure they would have let us go to the wreckage at all, let us do what we were doing", he said.

"I think a significant question that Canadians, particularly the families of these victims, are going to have is, are 63 Canadians dead because of the unintended consequences of a decision made by the US president?" According to the last census, there were 210,000 Canadians of Iranian origin living in this country in 2016.

Addressing that issue, Rouhani said while "the root of all sorrows goes back to America. this can not be a reason for us not to look into all the root causes" of the air disaster.

He said that the black box of the plane is sent to France to be decoded.

Iran is under intense worldwide pressure to provide full accountability over the circumstances that caused the crash of the Ukrainian global Airlines plane.

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