In a live televised speech on 14th Tuesday, Hassan Rouhani added that the “Sad Event” would be looked into thoroughly, claiming “one person cannot be solely responsible for the crash”.
“There are others, too, and I want that this issue is expressed honestly,” he said, without elaborating.
He further said “Iranian armed forces admitting their mistake is a good first step.
“We should assure people that it will not happen again” – but said his government was “accountable to Iranian and other nations who lost lives”.
He also called for a special court to be set up to investigate, with a “ranking judge and dozens of experts”.
“This is not an ordinary case” – President said.
Gholamhossein Esmaili Iran’s judiciary spokesman has said some people have been arrested for their role in the incident on Wednesday – but he did not give any further details.
Oleksiy Honcharuk Ukrainian Prime Minister said there were 167 passengers and nine crew members on the Ukraine International Airlines flight to Kyiv.
Before, Iranian state television said flight PS 752 came down due to what it described as “technical problems” after leaving Imam Khomeini airport.
But after Iran admitted it had “unintentionally” shot down the plane, protesters took to the streets to denounce the country’s clerical rulers – and riot police were deployed to face them in the third day of demonstrations on Monday.
Britain’s ambassador to Iran was arrested during the demonstrations. Read Here