Iran Says Arrests Made In Downing Of Ukrainian Passenger Jet

Rescue workers search the wreckage of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft operated by Ukraine International Airlines that crashed shortly after takeoff near Shahedshahr, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2020. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Ali Mohammadi.

Iran said Tuesday that arrests were made in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet that killed all 176 people aboard shortly after it left Tehran.

Iranian Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said in a statement “extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested,” according to The Associated Press. The statement reportedly did not say how many people have been arrested or name them.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a speech televised in Iran also called for a special court with a ranking judge and “dozens of experts,” according to the AP.

“This is not an ordinary case. The entire … world will be watching this court,” he said.

“The responsibility falls on more than just one person,” he reportedly added, and said that those found culpable “should be punished.”

Read more at The Hill.



  1. As it always goes in dictatorships, a few low ranking ignorant soldiers will be hanged in public. While the real guilty high ranking officers who are responsible for how the whole air defense system operates, will be delivering speeches.

  2. The powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard – the Deep State Swamp in Iran – headed by their “spiritual” leader Khamenei must be eradicated.


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