DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ten officers have been indicted in Iran over the 2020 army shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger aircraft that killed 176 individuals, a prosecutor mentioned 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 ultimate report into the shootdown of Ukraine Worldwide Airways flight No. PS752 that blamed human error however named nobody answerable for the incident.
Tehran army 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 aircraft was additionally issued and a critical and correct investigation was carried out and indictments have been issued for 10 individuals who have been 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 Ukrainian jetliner with two surface-to-air missiles. In preliminary experiences on the catastrophe final 12 months, Iranian authorities blamed an air protection operator who they mentioned mistook the Boeing 737-800 for an American cruise missile.