TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran Rejects Claims about Intentional Downing of Ukrainian Flight 752. Iranian Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli strongly rejected the claim that the downing of Ukrainian flight 752 by Iran might have been intentional.
“The indictment of this case has been sent to the court and the preliminary investigation process of this case is underway. Whether the court is open or closed is up to the presiding judge, but so far no decision has been announced by the presiding judge,” Esmayeeli told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.
“Specialized teams have been used to conduct the investigations by the military prosecutor’s office and the results of these investigations were declared to the court in the form of an issued indictment,” he added.
“However, all investigations show that this incident was unintentional and the claims that it was intentional are not true,” Esmayeeli underlined.
Earlier this month, Spokesman of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Keivan Khosravi had censured efforts made to politicize the Ukrainian plane crash, calling the move as regrettable and inhumane.
Khosravi said the Ukrainian officials’ allegations on shooting down of a passenger plane over Iran’s sky are unconstructive, as they are trying to politicize the case.
He described efforts made to take political advantage “of the sentiments of scores of bereaved families” as “regrettable and inhuman,” adding that various independent expert groups have probed into all the existing hypotheses on the event.
“Unfortunately, Ukrainian officials are trying to ascribe false allegations to Iranian officials in order to politicize this case,” the spokesman noted.
“Sending the plane’s black boxes to France to decode their contents is the most important reason that proves Iran’s transparency and honesty in its effort to bring to light all details about this incident,” Khosravi said.
“We have accepted all demands put forth by Ukrainian government, which at times went beyond what was necessary under usual circumstances, so that, there would remain no dark corner in the efforts made to shed light on the truth in this incident,” he added.
The Ukrainian plane was shot down with 176 people aboard on January 8, 2020, by Iran’s air defenses, which mistook the aircraft for a military target amid military tensions between Tehran and Washington following the US assassination of Iran’s Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq days earlier.
Hours before the tragedy happened, Iran had launched a retaliatory missile strike against a US-run base in western Iraq and then put the country’s air defenses on high alert due to increased American aerial activity in the aftermath of the strike.
Iran acknowledged days later that the mismanagement of an air defense unit’s radar system by its operator was the key human error that led to the accident.
Tehran has promised that all those culpable in the incident will face trial and said it has allocated 200 million Euros for compensation of the survivors.
In relevant remarks last week, an informed source close to Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) disclosed that Ukraine has started politicizing the January 2020 downing of a passenger plane which happened as a result of a human error after it failed to convince Tehran to blame the Russian air defense systems for the incident.
“After the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran, the Ukrainian officials asked Iran to declare technical problem in the Russian Tor M-1 air defense system as the cause of the incident,” the source told Nour News website, close to the SNSC.
“And after Iran turned down the request due to its incompatibility with the reality, Ukraine has taken the path of politicizing the case and taking it out of the technical procedure,” the source added.
The source explained that due to Ukraine’s disputes with Russia over the ownership of the Crimean Island, Kiev wanted to both show the Russian Tor M-1 as a faulty defense system to increase political pressures on Moscow.