Ten Iranians accused of shooting down Ukrainian plane

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Charges against ten officials announced the Iran for the downing of the Ukrainian passenger plane in January 2020, which cost the lives of 176 passengers.

In a statement released last month, Iran’s Civil Aviation Authority denied responsibility for the crash.with faulty radar operation and in error of an air defense system operator. Ukraine and Canada, many of whose victims were nationals, criticized the finding as inadequate, according to AMPE.

“An indictment has been issued against 10 officials involved in the crash of the Ukrainian plane; and the necessary decisions will be made in court,” said Gholam Abbas Torki, Tehran’s military prosecutor, according to the ISNA news agency.

The Revolutionary Guards of Iran toppled the aircraft of Ukraine International Airlines on January 8, 2020, shortly after takeoff from Tehran airport.

The Iranian government announced days later that the plane had been shot down due to a “catastrophic mistake” by its military forces, which were on alert due to a confrontation with the United States.

Iran was then on high alert awaiting US retaliation after Iranian missiles were fired at Iraqi bases housing US troops in retaliation for the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian commander-in-chief of the US Air Force.

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