Relatives of victims of the downing of a passenger plane over Iran are entitled to C$107 million (more than €74 million; edited). This is ruled by a Canadian court. The Canadian state of Ontario had already ruled in May that it was an act of terrorism. This paved the way for compensation.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot down the Ukraine International Airlines plane shortly after it left Tehran on January 8, 2020. This was later known due to radar issues and human error. All 176 people on board were killed, including 55 Canadians and 35 people living in Canada.
Tehran has long claimed that this was a “mistake in times of tension”. Iran rejected every step of compensation and argued that the process should continue domestically.
Relatives of the six victims have demanded more than one billion euros in damages. They ruled that the missile attack came in response to the killing of Qassem Soleimani. The top Iranian general was recently eliminated by the United States.
Canadian media reported that lawyers now want to confiscate Iranian assets in Canada and elsewhere. Canada, Ukraine, Sweden and the United Kingdom threatened legal action if the Iranian government did not provide an acceptable response by January 5. These are four countries that suffered casualties as a result of the tragic accident.
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