A court in Ontario, Canada has provided $ 107 million to the families of six passengers aboard Flight 752 of Ukraine International Airlines. It was shot down by Iranian revolutionary guards shortly after their departure from Tehran nearly two years ago.
The decision was made official this Monday after Ontario High Court Judge Edward Belobaba ruled in May that the plane crash was an act of international terrorism. CBC.
The six family members who were awarded the compensation by the court lost close relatives in the incident, according to a statement issued by attorney Mark Arnold on their behalf.. These citizens have previously filed civil lawsuits against Iran.
By the end of December 31, Belobopa will have to share $ 100 million – approximately 88.5 million euros – in the assets of the six victims as punitive damages. Another million – about 885,000 euros – and another six million dollars – 5.3 million euros – for pain and suffering for family members for the loss of guidance, care and companionship.
In addition, Arnold said his group was seeking to seize Iranian assets in Canada and abroad, and that the Canadian court would seize the funds needed to meet the money owed to the families.
From Tehran, the foreign ministry said the decision was “shameful” and criticized the court for awarding the amount, despite lack of formal evidence.
On January 8, 2020, shortly after take-off from Tehran International Airport, a Boeing 737 of Ukraine International Airlines was shot down by Iranian Revolutionary Guard missiles, killing all 176 people on board, including 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents.
Islamic Republic officials initially declared it a plane crash, but a few days later they were forced to repair it and acknowledge that the plane had been shot down by revolutionary guards.
The plane was carrying people from Ukraine, Iran, Canada, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom and Sweden. In its final report on the shooting, Iran’s civil aviation agency called the incident a “human error” and noted that the failure of the radar system caused problems with the missile’s communications with the aviation military.
(With Europa Press information)
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