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Tehran, Jan 14 (Canadian-Media): Several arrests had been made after thorough investigations for the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people aboard just after takeoff from Tehran last week just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two airbases housing US forces in Iraq, Iran's judiciary said Tuesday, media reports said.
Hassan Rouhani. Image Credit Twitter handle
Iran, which initially dismissed allegations of downing the plane, acknowledged only on Saturday that its Revolutionary Guard had shot down the plane by mistake.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also called on Tuesday for a special court to be set up to probe the downing.
"This is not an ordinary case and all of world is looking at us," Rouhani said and added
"I announce that we will do the follow up in order to detect all aspects of the event and punishing those responsible."
"The government is accountable and we will fulfill our legal responsibilities but most importantly the people should be assured that such an event should not take place again," Rouhani said and added that the public deserved to know the details about the cause of the crash.
There were calls from the leaders of the countries whose citizens were killed to take full action on the accused.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would ensure that "a full, transparent investigation is conducted."
"I want to assure all families and all Canadians -- we will not rest until there are answers. We will not rest until there is justice and accountability," Trudeau said at a vigil on Sunday.
About 30 protesters had also been arrested on Tuesday for for endangering the national security.