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Iran: Rouhani Calls for Justice Over Downing of Ukrainian Passenger Jet

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for punishment of those responsible for the downing of Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752, during a speech in Tehran on Tuesday.

He said a special court should be formed with a “high-ranking judge and tens of experts” to conduct a thorough investigation as “all the world will watch”.

The first arrests relating to the case were announced on Tuesday.

The shooting down of the Boeing 737-800 plane was described as “unusual” by the Iranian leader. Rouhani also blamed the US for causing the “conditions” that led to a missile being fired.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau echoed those comments on Monday, saying that the victims would still be alive if not for a recent escalation of tensions partly triggered by the US.

The plane crashed minutes after take-off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, on January 8, killing all 176 passengers and crew on board.

A diplomatic spat ensued as Western leaders blamed Iran for shooting down the plane, which Iran denied at first.

On January 11, Iran’s military admitted “unintentionally” shooting down the plane.

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