Iran indicts 10 officials over Ukraine plane crash: media

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TEHRAN, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Iran has indicted 10 officials involved in the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane near Tehran last year, the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency reported Tuesday.

"The necessary conclusions will be drawn in court," military prosecutor for Tehran Province Gholamabbas Torki was quoted as saying.

Last month, Iran's Civil Aviation Organization (CAO) published its final report on the Ukrainian passenger plane's crash, identifying a "mistake" by the air defense operator as the cause of the incident.

"The plane was identified as a hostile target by the operator of an air defense system stationed around Tehran, and two missiles were fired at it," the CAO said in the preface of its 285-page report published on its official website, confirming preliminary official findings.

However, the report was a "cynical attempt" to hide the true reasons for the downing of the plane, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Facebook.

The Ukrainian aircraft, a Boeing 737-800, was shot down on Jan. 8, 2020 shortly after taking off from Tehran by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps with two missiles, killing all 176 people on board. Enditem

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