News ID: 276065
Published: 0356 GMT October 28, 2020

Iran serious in punishing those guilty in plane crash: Baharvand

Iran serious in punishing those guilty in plane crash: Baharvand

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohsen Baharvand said Iran is serious in punishing those guilty in Ukrainian plane crash on January 8.

There is no ambiguity in their punishment and Iran is serious about it, Baharvand told IRNA on Wednesday.

Iran mistakenly shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport. All 176 onboard were killed. The majority of the victims were Iranian or Canadian, and many were dual nationals.

Among the victims were citizens from Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom.

Despite attributing the crash to technical failure in initial assessments, Iran ultimately said that the plane had been brought down by a missile fired “unintentionally” due to “human error” after further investigations.

Iran called it a “disastrous mistake” that happened at a time when air defense forces were on high alert in case the US retaliated against Iranian missile strikes hours earlier on American military bases stationed in Iraq.

Those strikes were carried out in response to the assassination of Iranian Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani by a US drone strike near Baghdad airport on Jan. 3.

Last week, Iran and Ukraine held the second round of talks on issues related to the Ukrainian plane crash.

The talks focused on legal and technical issues as well as penal issues.

The Iranian official, who heads Iran’s delegation in talks on the incident, stressed that Tehran maintains transparency in the process of negotiations with the Ukrainian government.

He added that Iran is ready to speed up the process of talks for settlement of the dispute with the Ukrainian side.

Baharvand underlined that Iran’s legal committee was ready to start talks on restitution for the families of the victims, while the Ukrainian side was not ready.

Iran sees itself responsible for compensation based on international conventions and regulations, he said.



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