Tuesday, 06 Jul 2021 20:29
The head of the judicial department of Iran’s armed forces has said Tuesday that “the performance of the regime in dealing with the case” of the Ukrainian passenger plane shot down over Tehran in January 2020 has been “unparalleled”.
Shokrollah Bahrami in an interview with semi-official Mehr news agency added, “The Islamic Republic in three rounds of talks and in answer to questions, responded to the Ukrainian side with honesty, openness and transparency” on legal and technical matters.
Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down by two missiles fired from a Revolutionary Guard missile battery as it took off from Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. For three days Iran denied it had shot down the aircraft, but after videos emerged showing the incident, the military acknowledged the incident and insisted it was “a human error”.
Ukraine and Canada which had dozens of citizens and permanent residents on board demand that Iran hold high-level officials responsible and provide a full accounting of the incident. Iran has said it has arrested ten people but has not provided their names or positions. Ukraine has also accused Iran of manipulating information in the case file.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also called Iran’s report on the incident, “vague, misleading and superficial”. Iran says Ukraine’s and Canada’s criticism has no legal basis and are motivated by politics.