Canadian court awards $107m to families of Iran plane crash victims | Canada

A court in Ontario, Canada awarded C $ 107 million ($ 83.94 million), plus interest, to families of six who died when Iranian Revolutionary Guards shot down plane from Ukraine International Airlines near Tehran two years ago.

Iran shot down the airliner in January 2020. All 176 people on board were killed, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents.

The six family members who were awarded compensation by the Ontario court lost their spouses, siblings, children, nieces and nephews aboard Flight 752, their lawyer, Mark Arnold, said in a statement Monday. They had filed a civil lawsuit against Iran and other officials who they said were to blame for the incident.

The lawyer said his team would seek to seize Iranian assets in Canada and abroad. He said Iran has tankers in other countries and his team will seek to grab anything they can to pay what families owe.

The decision of Justice Edward Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice was dated December 31 and announced by Arnold on Monday.

The case was brought by Shahin Moghaddam, Mehrzad Zarei and Ali Gorji. Fearing retaliation from Iran, some of the other plaintiffs withheld their names, CBC News reported earlier.

A special Canadian forensic team produced a report in mid-2021 that accused Iran of incompetence and recklessness following the crash of the Ukrainian passenger plane. Iran criticized the report as “highly politicized”.

The report found that while the downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 was not premeditated, it did not absolve Iranian officials from responsibility for the incident.

Iran has admitted to shooting down the airliner shortly after taking off from Tehran in January 2020 and blamed a “disastrous mistake” by forces on high alert during a confrontation with the United States. United.

At the time, Iran was on the verge of attacking possible attacks after firing missiles at Iraqi bases housing US forces in retaliation for the murder days earlier of its most powerful military commander, Qassem Suleimani, during an American missile strike at Baghdad airport.

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