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Iran said today it has arrested several people over the erroneous missile strike which brought down a passenger jet last week.
Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said 'some individuals' had been detained after 'extensive investigations', without saying how many.
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President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to punish those responsible as he called the shoot-down of the Boeing 737 an 'unforgivable error'.
The regime has been forced on to the back foot by the crash after its initial denials and subsequent admission prompted a fresh wave of protests.
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Rouhani today called for a special court to be set up to probe the 'painful and unforgivable' mistake which killed 176 people including dozens of Iranians.
The president said 'one person cannot be solely responsible for the plane crash' as he vowed a thorough investigation into the disaster.
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'For our people it is very important in this incident that anyone who was at fault or negligent at any level' face justice, he said in a televised speech.
'Iranian armed forces admitting their mistake is a good first step ... We should assure people that it will not happen again.
'Anyone who should be punished must be punished.
'The judiciary must form a special court with high-ranking judge and dozens of experts... The whole world will be watching.'
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Rouhani said his government was 'accountable to Iranians and other nations who lost lives', including Canada and Ukraine.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has demanded that Iran provide Canada with 'full clarity' on the airliner shootdown.
The prime minister also said he...
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