The shooting down last week of a Ukrainian passenger over Tehran is at the center of rising tensions between Iran’s clerics and the country’s elected politicians.
Amid public fury with the belated admission by authorities that a missile battery operator “mistakenly” shot down the aircraft, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called for a “special court” to be set up for any trial of those held responsible.
This would in effect take the trial out of the hands of the judiciary, which is controlled by the clerical regime’s enforcers, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp, say analysts.
Rouhani has said the special court should be staffed not only by senior judges, but also by other legal experts. Iran’s judiciary has said several people have been arrested in connection with the downing of the jet, but their names have not yet been disclosed.
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