"Extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested", the judiciary spokesman, Gholamhossein Esmaili, said on Tuesday.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that everyone responsible for the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner must be punished. "This is not an ordinary case". "Anyone who should be punished must be punished".
"He also said that ultimately it's the U.S. that's responsible for the heightened level of tension, again referring to Trump's threat to target 52 sites but added that this isn't an excuse for the military and other people", Baig said.
Iran shot down the plane when it was bracing for possible USA retaliation for a ballistic missile attack on two military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq. No one was hurt in that attack, which was carried out to avenge the stunning killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in an American airstrike in Baghdad. Yet those who've been paying attention to the protest movement in Iran know that it was hitting critical mass before the Soleimani killing and the retaliatory Iranian airstrike against USA bases in Iraq.
The latest flare-up began at the end of December when rockets fired at USA bases in Iraq killed one American contractor. The militia responded by surrounding the USA embassy in Baghdad for two days. "It was the USA that threatened and took our beloved (Soleimani)", he said.More news: Pompeo Not Sure Who First Said 'Imminent'
The president called the government's admission that Iranian forces shot down the plane the "first good step".
Mourners gather at the Imam Mahdi Islamic Centre in Toronto, Ontario on January 12, 2020 to mourn Sahar Haghjoo and her 9 year old daughter Elsa Jadidi who were among the victims of Ukrainian Airlines flight 752 which was shot down over Iran this past week.
Wednesday's downing of the Ukrainian airliner, en route to Kyiv from Tehran, killed all 176 passengers and crew on board. There were several children among the passengers, including an infant.
Van Themsche said the agency also will investigate why Iranian airspace was not closed to civilian traffic when Iran launched attacks on Iraqi military bases.
The anti-government protests come just days after millions of Iranians took to the streets to mourn the death of Soleimani, although they were protesting for completely different reasons.More news: Denver Broncos fire offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello
The scenes recall the anti-government protests across Iran in November which saw at least 300 people killed and thousands arrested across the country, according to Amnesty International.
Videos posted late on Sunday recorded gunshots in the vicinity of protests in Tehran's Azadi Square.
"The arrest of our Ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of global law", the British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. He's said he went to a candlelight vigil to pay his respects for the victims of the Ukrainian plane shootdown and left as soon as the chanting began and it turned into a protest.
"I am, of course, outraged and furious that families across this country are grieving the loss of their loved ones, that the Iranian-Canadian community is suffering so greatly, that all Canadians are shocked and appalled at the senseless loss of life", Trudeau said Saturday. Iran's government, concurrently feckless and reckless, has stolen yet another generation's future with its ideologically driven militarism that has destabilized the Mideast and made the Persian nation a pariah state in much of the world.More news: Serena Williams makes grand gesture after winning title in Auckland