Iran: Rouhani calls for justice over downing of Ukrainian passenger jet

14 января 2020 г. 16:28

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for punishment of those responsible for the downing of Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752, during a speech in Tehran on Tuesday. He said a special court should be formed with a «high-ranking judge and tens of experts» to conduct a thorough investigation as «all the world will watch». The first arrests relating to the case were announced on Tuesday. The shooting down of the Boeing 737-800 plane was described as «unusual» by the Iranian leader. Rouhani also blamed the US for causing the «conditions» that led to a missile being fired. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed those comments on Monday, saying that the victims would still be alive if not for a recent escalation of tensions partly triggered by the US. The plane crashed minutes after take-off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, on January 8, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board. A diplomatic spat ensued as Western leaders blamed Iran for shooting down the plane, which Iran denied at first. On January 11, Iran's military admitted «unintentionally» shooting down the plane. **RESTRICTIONS: NO Access Israel Media/Persian Language TV Stations Outside Iran/Strictly No Access BBC Persian/VOA Persian/Manoto-1 TV/Iran International**

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