Iranian prosecutors say 10 people have been charged with shooting down a Ukrainian plane

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — 10 officials were indicted in Iran in the 2020 military downfall of a Ukrainian airliner that killed 176 people, prosecutors said Tuesday, Tehran in the world Collapsed nuclear trade with a great country.

The timing of the announcement faced international criticism last month that Iran released a final report on the shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines flight number PS752, which accused Iran of human error but did not appoint anyone responsible for the case. Later.

Tehran’s military prosecutor Goramabas Turki also avoided appointing a responsible person when he handed over his office to Nacelle Seraji when he issued his indictment on Tuesday. Both the semi-official ISNA news agency and the Iranian judicial Mizan news agency reported his remarks.

“The Ukrainian plane case was also prosecuted, a serious and accurate investigation was conducted, and 10 people who were negligent were prosecuted,” Mizan said without giving details, citing Turki. ..

After being rejected for three days in January 2020 in the face of increased evidence, Iran finally admitted that the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Corps had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jet airliner with two surface-to-air missiles. .. In a preliminary report on the disaster last year, Iranian officials accused air defense operators of mistaken the Boeing 737-800 for an American cruise missile.

The shooting down took place the same day that Iran launched a ballistic missile attack on Iraqi US troops in retaliation for the US drone strike that killed Iran’s top general. Guard officials have publicly apologized for the incident, but Iran’s hesitation to elaborate on what happened in the incident shows the power the military can use.

After the release of Iran’s final report, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba accused the findings of “an ironic attempt to hide the true cause of airliner downs.” He accused Iran of conducting a “biased” investigation into the disaster, resulting in “deceptive” conclusions.

Many during the flight planned to connect to Kiev and fly to Canada, which has a large population in Iran. Canada’s Foreign Minister and Transport Minister also criticized “there are no solid facts or evidence” and “will not answer critical questions about what really happened.”

The announcement came just hours before Iran and the five remaining world powers in its atomic agreement meet in Vienna., The United States is planning to start indirect negotiations with Tehran.


The Associated Press writer Nacelle Karimi in Tehran, Iran and Isabel Debre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates contributed to this report.