An irreversible decision comes as Iran insists that a plane was dropped off near Tehran in 2020 between war-torn US allies.
A Canadian court has granted $ 84m ($ 107m in Canada) to the families of six people killed in a shooting by Iranian soldiers. Ukraine International Airlines aircraft near Tehran in early 2020.
Mark Arnold, the victims’ attorney, announced the verdict on Monday, promising to pursue Iran’s economy in Canada and abroad to receive a verdict. Justice Edward Belobaba of the Ontario Supreme Court had handed down the verdict on December 31.
Iranian military bombers Flight PS752 took off from Imam Khomeini International’s Tehran airport on January 8, 2020, killing all 176 occupants, including 55 Canadian nationals and 30 permanent residents.
The Iranian government described the incident as “human error”, saying the plane was considered a “target” in “a serious mistake“.
Hours after the plane was hijacked, Iranian troops fired U.S. weapons into Iraq in retaliation. assassination of Iranian military chief Qassem Soleiman on strike in the US where he was ordered by then-President Donald Trump.
Following the disaster, the affected countries – Canada, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Afghanistan – agreed to push for a response under the auspices of the International Coordination and Response Group.
But last month, the team showed frustration and Iran, criticizing Tehran for not showing “interest in complying with international law”.
The group set a deadline for January 5 for Iranians to “confirm whether they are ready to negotiate with the Coordination Group, after which we will have to consider whether trying to negotiate with Iran again is futile”.
In May, a Canadian court ruled in favor of Iran intentional dropping the plane in what it called a “terrorist”, which angered Tehran, who called the court’s decision “disgraceful”.
“Everyone knows the Canadian court should not rule on the risk or negligence that may occur in events outside of Canada,” the Iranian foreign ministry said at the time.
In late 2020, the Iranian government announced that it would give $ 150,000 to each of the families of the victims.
Governments are often protected from foreign crimes, but Canada’s 2012 law banned international security from “foreign terrorist aides”, including Iran.
Last week’s ruling is expected to escalate tensions between Canada and Iran.
Canada closed his ambassador in Tehran and expelled Iranian ambassadors to Ottawa in 2012, calling Iran “a major threat to world peace and security”. Iran responded by calling Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government “extremist”.
Iran has criticized Canada for its political response to the plane crash of PS752.
“Canadian officials have acted recklessly on the first day and have tried to prevent the natural cause of the matter from being resolved,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said in December 2020.