News ID: 272151
Published: 0218 GMT July 28, 2020

Judiciary: Int’l bodies must pursue US fly-by of Iranian airliner

Judiciary: Int’l bodies must pursue US fly-by of Iranian airliner

Iran’s Judiciary condemnedas “inhumane” the American warplanes’ fly-by of an Iranian civilian airliner over Syria on Thursday, urging the Foreign Ministry to follow up on the “vicious” move through legal and diplomatic channels.

“The illegal and inhumane act of aggression committed by American fighter jets against the Mahan Air passenger plane was yet another manifestation of the American terrorists’ bestial nature,” Judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili said at a media briefing on Tuesday.

“The Judiciary calls on our country’s Foreign Ministry and international bodies to diplomatically and legally pursue the case as a deterrent measure,” he added, Press TV reported.

On Thursday, two US F-15 warplanes conducted a dangerous maneuvering close to Mahan Air’s Flight 1152 that had taken off from Tehran and was heading to Beirut.

The incident took place over Syria’s al-Tanf region, where the US maintains a military presence.

The airliner’s pilot had to swiftly lower the altitude to avoid a collision with the American warplanes.

The sudden swerve led to the injuries of some of the passengers and left them panicked. The flight, however, landed safely in the Lebanese capital and those wounded were taken to hospital.

Esmaeili denounced the incident as a “clear violation of aviation rules” and a “breach of human rights”, saying it has caused physical and mental harm to the passengers and flight crew.

He also emphasized that the Islamic Republic was in contact with Syria and Lebanon regarding the case.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has vowed to take necessary action to make Washington regret its “terrorist and hostile” act.

“The Americans try all sorts of banditry,” Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in remarks Monday, noting that the incident showed the US has begun resorting to “air piracy after maritime piracy.”

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said Washington had displayed “audacity to compound lawlessness upon lawlessness” and warned, “These outlaws must be stopped before disaster.”



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