Earlier this week, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, the commander of the Iranian Armed Forces’ Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), apologised for unintentionally downing the Ukrainian Boeing 737 last Wednesday.
In a televised speech on Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the deadly Ukraine plane crash as a “tragic event” which he said would be thoroughly investigated.
He also called the crash an “unforgivable error”, pledging that all those involved in the incident will be punished.
Rouhani stressed that the fact that the Iranian military admitted to downing the plane was a “good first step”.
“We should assure people that it will not happen again”, he said, adding that the government was “accountable to Iranian and other nations who lost lives in the plane crash”.
In a separate development on Tuesday, Iran’s judicial spokesman Gholam Hossein Ismaili said that Iranian authorities had arrested several people in connection with the downing of the Ukrainian plane.
“We have arrested some people because of their role in the Ukrainian plane’s crash, the investigation is underway to find out the accident’s reason,” the spokesman said.
He added that one of the black boxes had already been sent to France for decoding.
Iran Admits to Downing Ukraine Plane
The remarks come after Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, the commander of the Iranian Armed Forces’ Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC),…