The Judiciary Organization of the Armed Forces has been tasked with probing the data on the aircraft’s black boxes with the help of experts from the General Staff of the Armed Forces and the Civil Aviation Organization of Iran as well as electronic warfare professionals, the spokesman said.
Esmaili further noted that efforts would be made to shed light on all dimensions of the incident and to ensure that justice is served.
An Iranian air defense unit mistakenly shot down Flight 752 of the Ukrainian International Airlines on Wednesday morning shortly after take-off from Tehran en route to Kiev.
The operator had mistaken the Boeing 737-800 with a cruise missile at a time when the air defense systems were at the highest level of alert following Iran’s missile strike on a US air base in Iraq in retaliation for Washington’s assassination of prominent commander Lieutenant General
Iran says a Ukrainian plane which crashed outside Tehran this week had flown close to a sensitive military site and been brought down due to human error “at a time of crisis caused by US adventurism.”
The official said that many individuals had already been interrogated as part of the probe, and that documents and evidence were being collected.
‘Judiciary regards UK envoy as persona non grata’
Elsewhere in his remarks, Esmaili referred to the brief arrest of British Ambassador to Tehran Robert Macaire during an unauthorized protest near Tehran’s Amir Kabir University on Saturday.
“The fact that the UK ambassador to the Islamic Republic attends an illegal gathering, takes photos and videos of the event and plays a provocative role is totally unacceptable,” he said.
“In his first encounter with [Iranian] security forces, [Macaire] spoke in English and refused to introduce himself, but when he later realized that he risked being arrested, he began to speak in Persian and introduced himself as Britain’s envoy,” the official added.
He said the British ambassador’s action clearly amounted to “mischief and lying,” stressing that “under international law, such elements are regarded as persona non grata, whether they are diplomats or not. The public is demanding his expulsion.”
The official said the responsibility to make a decision in this regard resides with the Foreign Ministry, but that from the Judiciary’s perspective, “Macaire is a persona non grata.”
Sinn Fein has agreed to back a deal to restore powersharing at Stormont in a historic powersharing agreement; confirms the return of devolved government in Northern Ireland after a three-year absence.
The DUP and Sinn Fein today announced the agreement that if successful will certainly restore devolution to Northern Ireland in a short period of time than previously anticpated by political pundits.
The DUP and Sinn Fein leaders confirmed the deal in statements in Stormont that would have been unthinkable a few months, if not weeks, ago.
The significance of the deal was swiftly hailed by Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald, who said:
” This is a very important day for the people of Northern Ireland but also for the people and the history of these islands.”
Making the announcement on Friday evening McDonald said:
“We now have the basis to restore power sharing, and we’re up for that.
“There’s no doubt there are serious challenges ahead; the impact of Brexit, austerity and other pressing issues.
“But the biggest and most significant challenge will be ensuring we have genuine power sharing build on equality, respect and integrity.”
McDonald also said she is willing to put celebrating the Twelfth of July across the island of Ireland on the table in talks on a future Irish border poll.
Ms McDonald told the Irish Independent that “everything should be on the table” when asked specifically about the Protestant celebration of William of Orange’s victory at the Battle of the Boyne.
“I’ll tell you how we do it, we do it by having them [unionists] front and centre in the conversation and asking them, because I would be absolutely astonished if for people of a unionist persuasion the issue around the Twelfth of July was not raised,” she said.