Ten officials sue Iran for involvement in shootings

The Iranian public prosecutor’s office filed charges against ten officials in January 2020 in connection with the shooting of a passenger plane of the Ukrainian airline “Ukraine International Airlines” (UIA).

According to Ukrinform, it was announced by the AP Intelligence Service.

“… in the Ukrainian aircraft case, an allegation was made, a serious and thorough investigation was carried out and charges were laid against 10 criminals,” military prosecutor Gholambus Torki said in a statement.

The names and other details of the above people will not be disclosed.

As reported by Ukrinform, the Iranian Civil Aviation Authority released the final report on March 17, 2020, about the shooting of Ukrainian passenger aircraft. The document stated that the reason for the decision to shoot the aircraft was mistake. Air defense operator who identified the aircraft as a “hostile object”.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba described the Iranian report as an attempt to hide the real reasons for the shooting and his deputy Yiven Genin said Ukraine would demand that Iran’s published report on the shooting of UIA aircraft be dealt with at the ICAO Council . Technical investigations will be resumed and continued from the Iranian side.

Allegedly, during the 46th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on 9 March, a joint statement by the United Kingdom, Canada and Sweden stated that Iran shot the PS752 flying machine.

In this announcement, the states called on Iran:

– Respond promptly to a letter from a special relationship on extrajudicial, consequential or ambitious examinations in the office of Agnes Callamard, Human Rights of the High Commissioner of the United Nations;

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– Immediately end the persecution and intimidation of the victims’ families, both inside and outside Iran;

– A fair and transparent investigation of criminal cases and a fair judicial process as part of its duty to ensure justice for the victims of this tragedy;

– To present a comprehensive and transparent report on the events leading up to this tragedy.

On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, around 6:00 am Tehran time (4:30 pm Kiev time), a Boeing-737 aircraft operated by Ukraine International Airlines, flight PS752 from Tehran to Kiev, crashed when it stopped. Done from Tehran Airport.

The aircraft carried 176 people: 167 passengers and 9 crew members. All finished. There were 11 Ukrainians – two passengers and nine crew members, 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 10 Swedes, 4 Afghans, 3 Germans and 3 British.

It was alleged that the accident was caused by a technical problem on the aircraft. However, Iran has said that it accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane. The plane reportedly took off from the airport and reached the IRGC secret military base and was believed to be a hostile object.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has apologized for the shooting of the Ukrainian passenger plane by the Iranian military and expressed his condolences to the families of the dead. He called the plane a “terrible mistake”.

In early April, Iranian deputy Hassan Noroji said that the shooting of the UIA plane had gone “right” and that none of the people involved had been arrested.

At the same time, Iranian officials have denied the MP’s testimony and initiated criminal proceedings against him for “disseminating misinformation” and “raising public awareness”.

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The international team assisting for the victims of the battered UIA aircraft insisted that flight recorders should be handed over to France, which has the technical skills necessary to understand them.

An Iranian official of the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed in March to hand over the black box to France or Ukraine for analysis, but did not do so.

Six people have been arrested in Iran so far in the case of the dropped UIA aircraft.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zalensky announced on 21 June that Ukraine would be forced to pursue proceedings against Iran in international courts if the country’s authorities fail to fulfill their obligations in relation to the UIA aircraft that shot down Tehran. Was killed.

On 18 July, Iran sent flight recorders of the Uri Ukrainian UIA passenger plane to Paris.

Negotiations on compensation for the collapse of the UIA aircraft by Iran took place on 30 July with the participation of the Iranian delegation in Kiev.

The second round of talks with the Iranian side took place from 19–20 October.

On December 29, 2020, President Volodymyr Selensky honored the crew of Flight PS752 with the award of “Golden Star” with the title “Heroes of Ukraine”.

On January 5, 2021, Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba publicly announced that Ukraine had received a draft technical report from Iran on the circumstances of the aircraft below and should prepare its comments by the end of February.

On 20 February, Iran announced that the investigation into the case had been completed.

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