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Iran: court sentenced 10 military personnel for shooting down Ukrainian plane in 2020

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An Iranian court has sentenced 10 Iranian military personnel over the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner over Tehran in 2020. The commander was sentenced to 10 years in prison, the other defendants from one to three years, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported on Sunday, citing the Iranian Justice Ministry.

The disaster that happened on January 8, 2020 killed 176 people. The Boeing 737-800 was flying from Tehran to Kiev. Most of the victims were citizens Iran and Canada, but there were also 11 citizens on board Ukraine – reminded RWE/RS. Iranian authorities initially denied that Iranian officials had shot down the plane, but a few days after the accident admitted that one of the units of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps inadvertently shot down the plane. This was allegedly due to an increase in tension between Tehran and Washington, caused by the killing by USA Qassem Soleimani, one of the top commanders of the Guardian Corps.

The Americans killed him in Baghdad on January 3, 2020, RWE/RS reported.

02/08/2020, Iran, ShahedshahrMohammadrez Abbasi/dpa/PAP

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“One of the most complex lawsuits”

“The handling of this case was one of the most important and complex lawsuits in recent years in the country,” the Iranian ministry said, adding that the commander’s actions “were due to his ignorance of the situation and the mistaken belief that the target was hostile.” The families of the victims demanded transparency of the trial. The Iranian government allocated $150,000 to compensate the families of each passenger, but some refused to accept the money, RWE/RS reminded.

Main photo source: Mohammadrez Abbasi/dpa/PAP

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