Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom have officially launched a process to hold Iran legally responsible for the downing of Flight PS752, nearly three years after the deaths of 176 people on board the linear plane.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down a Ukraine International Airlines flight shortly after it took off in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Two surface-to-air missiles hit the plane, killing all on board, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 no they are still. . Residents and others with ties to Canada.
The International Coordination and Response Group, formed to coordinate efforts to secure accountability and compensation for the downing of the plane, announced that ministers from Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom have asked the Iranian regime to submit to binding arbitration. . In the light of an international dispute. The Convention governs decision-making for the suppression of unlawful acts directed against the safety of civil aviation.
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The agreement obliges signatories to prohibit, prevent and punish certain aircraft-related crimes, including the unlawful and willful destruction of an aircraft in service. Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Iran are parties to the agreement, which was signed in Montreal in 1971.
If the states fail to agree on the terms of the arbitration within six months, the case can be taken to the International Court of Justice.
Previous efforts to persuade Iran to participate in negotiations over compensation for Flight PS752 have failed.
Families of the PS752 victims began their fight for compensation in 2020. Earlier this year, an Ontario court awarded them $107 million, but lawyers warned it would be very difficult to pay Iran back.
Families hope for truth and justice
Hamid Ismailon, who lost his wife and daughter on PS752, said he and the families of the other victims are grateful for the binding arbitration process to begin, but he is not confident Iran will cooperate.
“It was a long campaign for us but we are very happy now because we have a road map ahead of us, and one day the truth will come out, and I believe that the day the truth comes out, justice will also be done,” Ismaily told CBC News, speaking for the Association of Families of Robbery Victims. PS752.
It was a very terrible crime. [international legal process] It is important that the wounds heal in the community.
CBC News has contacted Iran’s Foreign Ministry for comment.