A army court docket in Tehran on Monday sentenced ten defendants to jail over the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet, Iranian information company Mizan has reported. An Iranian missile struck the Ukrainian aircraft in January 2020. All 167 passengers and 9 crew members on board had been killed.
The first suspect, a commander of the Iranian Air Protection system that shot down the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 airliner, was sentenced to a complete of 13 years in jail on a number of fees, in response to Mizan.
9 different defendants, together with the air protection system’s crew, a Tehran army base commander and an officer on the regional operations management middle, in addition to a regional Air Protection commander, had been sentenced to between one and three years behind bars.
The first defendant was additionally ordered to compensate the kin of individuals killed within the incident. Iran vowed to pay $150,000 for every sufferer along with compensation funds ordered by the court docket.
The court docket additionally imposed some “further punishments” on the defendants, the outlet mentioned, with out elaborating additional. The defendants nonetheless have 20 days to enchantment the court docket’s resolution.
Neither Tehran nor Kiev have commented on the ruling to this point.
The 2020 tragedy occurred as Iranians had been bracing for doable US retaliation for its ballistic missile strikes at US army bases in Iraq. In response to Tehran, the air protection system crew mistook the airliner for a ballistic missile. The Iranian strikes had been launched in a present of pressure and in response to the US’ assassination of Iranian Normal Qassem Soleimani days earlier.
Tehran then blamed the incident on a string of human errors, in addition to a trigger-happy operator of the air protection system. Iran agreed to pay Ukraine in July 2020, however the sum remained unidentified on the time. Kiev then criticized Tehran over what it known as a failure to take accountability and guarantee such incidents wouldn’t occur once more.
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