Iran has introduced the arrest of an individual who recorded a video final week displaying missiles putting the Ukrainian passenger aircraft that crashed exterior of Tehran – however it might be a case of mistaken identification.
The individual, who was detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, is anticipated to face fees associated to nationwide safety following the army mishap that downed the plane, in accordance with Iranian media reviews. But the London-based journalist who first posted that individual’s footage on Twitter, the BBC says, is claiming that authorities have arrested the flawed particular person.
“The person who is a source of the video is SAFE and I can assure you IRGC is orchestrating another lie,” Nariman Gharib tweeted. “They killed 176 passengers on a commercial plane. That’s the real story here.”
The dispute comes as yet one more video has surfaced showing Iranian missiles slamming into the plane.
New footage from a safety digicam reveals that the airliner was on hearth and didn’t plummet again to earth instantly. It tried to show again towards the airport, however in the end exploded and got here crashing down out of the sky.
That clip was uploaded to YouTube by an Iranian person round 2 a.m. on Tuesday, in accordance with The New York Occasions.
The aircraft was headed to Kiev and was shot down simply hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile assault on two army bases that home U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq. The assaults have been in retaliation for a lethal U.S. drone strike earlier this month that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad.
Iran initially blamed a mechanical failure for the aircraft’s demise earlier than admitting that its personal army was accountable. Authorities have stated they may “punish” those responsible for shooting down the plane and a number of other individuals have since been arrested.
On Wednesday, for the primary time, the Related Press stated, an Iranian official acknowledged that claims of a mechanical difficulty have been lies.
“In the last few nights, we’ve had people in the streets of Tehran demonstrating against the fact that they were lied to for a couple of days,” Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated.
Fox Information’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.