The announcement occurs after harsh international criticism of the final report of the fall, which pointed to human error, but without blaming anyone for the incident, and negotiations on the nuclear agreement (see below).
The names of the defendants have not been released.
A Boeing 737 plane crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran airport, capital of Iran, on January 8 of last year. The Ukrainian aircraft was carrying 176 passengers and 9 crew members and no one survived.
There were people of 7 nationalities on the flight: 82 from Iran, 63 from Canada, 11 from Ukraine (including 9 crew members), 10 from Sweden, 4 from Afghanistan, 3 from the UK and 3 from Germany.
Forensic investigator works at the site of the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran amid bodies on Wednesday (8) – Photo: AP Photo / Ebrahim Noroozi
Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 departed at 6:12 am (local time) from Imam Khomeini Airport and was bound for Boryspil International Airport in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
The announcement is made hours before the Iranian government negotiates with world powers the nuclear agreement that was signed in 2015 and abandoned by the United States in 2018.
Country officials will participate in a meeting today in Vienna, capital of Austria, with representatives from China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.
On Tuesday, the Iranian government spokesman said the statements by US officials suggesting the lifting of sanctions imposed on the country when the United States left the nuclear deal were “promising”.
“We consider this position realistic and promising,” Ali Rabii, a government spokesman, told a news conference in Tehran. “This position could be the start of correcting the bad process that has led diplomacy to a dead end.”
Ukrainian plane with 176 passengers on board crashes near Tehran Airport
The tragedy in January last year came just hours after Iran fired missiles at two air bases that house US troops in Iraq in response to the death of General Qassem Soleimani.
After three days of denial and in the face of mounting evidence, Iran finally acknowledged that the Revolutionary Guard had mistakenly shot down the plane with two surface-to-air missiles. Reports blamed an air defense operator for mistaking Boeing for an American cruise missile.
January 11, 2020 photo shows people gathered for a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims of the Ukrainian plane crash at the gate of Amri Kabir University in Tehran – Photo: Ebrahim Noroozi / AP
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