Iran Makes First Arrests Over Downing of Ukraine Airliner

By Jesse Sokolow on 14 January 2020
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Iran said that several people have been arrested in connection with the downing of the Ukraine International Airlines passenger aircraft last week.

Wednesday’s shooting of Flight 752, a Boeing 737, resulted in the death of all 176 people on board.

The arrests included the individual who filmed “the scene of the missile hitting the Ukraine airplane,” Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency said.

In a televised address, the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said that those responsible for the incident should be punished.  He called for the establishment of a special court to investigate the “unforgivable error.”

“This is not an ordinary case and all of world is looking at us,” he said.

The majority of those on board the flight were Iranian or dual nationals.  The list includes 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, 10 Swedes, four Afghans, three Germans and three British nationals, according to a tweet from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Press TV reported that the primary insurance agency in Iran said the damages that would be paid for the crash could total $150 million.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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