Dubai, April 6
Ten officers have been indicted in Iran over the 2020 navy shootdown of a (*10*) passenger plane that killed 176 individuals, a prosecutor stated Tuesday, an announcement coming simply as Tehran begins oblique negotiations with the West over its collapsed nuclear cope with world powers.
The timing of the announcement comes after Iran confronted withering worldwide criticism final month for releasing a last report into the shootdown of Ukraine International Airlines flight No. PS752 that blamed human error however named nobody accountable for the incident.
Tehran navy prosecutor Gholamabbas Torki equally averted naming these accountable when he introduced the indictments Tuesday whereas handing over his workplace to Nasser Seraj. The semiofficial ISNA information company and the Iranian judiciary’s Mizan information company each reported his remarks.
“The indictment of the case of the Ukrainian plane was also issued and a serious and accurate investigation was carried out and indictments were issued for 10 people who were at fault,” Mizan quoted Torki as saying, with out elaborating.
Following three days of denial in January 2020 within the face of mounting proof, Iran lastly acknowledged that its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard mistakenly downed the (*10*) jetliner with two surface-to-air missiles. In preliminary stories on the catastrophe final 12 months, Iranian authorities blamed an air protection operator who they stated mistook the Boeing 737-800 for an American cruise missile.
The shootdown occurred the identical day Iran launched a ballistic missile assault on US troops in Iraq in retaliation for an American drone strike that killed a prime Iranian basic. While Guard officers publicly apologized for the incident, the hesitancy of Iran to elaborate on what occurred within the incident reveals the facility the pressure wields. AP