Iran announces arrests over downing of plane that killed 176

Posted at 8:11 AM, Jan 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-14 08:11:08-05

People gather for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Iran’s judiciary says arrests have been made over the shootdown of a Ukrainian plane that killed all 176 people on board. A judiciary spokesman says “extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested.”

He was quoted by Iranian state media on Tuesday, but didn’t say how many individuals have been detained or name them.

Also, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for a special court to be set up to try those responsible for the plane shootdown.

The developments come amid an upswell of anger and protests by Iranians in recent days over apparent attempts by senior officials to cover up the cause of the crash.