Canadian Court Orders Iran to Pay $84m Airliner Victims’ Families

A Canadian court has awarded $84 million in compensation to the families of the six victims killed when Iranian forces shot down a Ukraine International Airlines flight near Tehran on January 8, 2020.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Edward Belobaba, the same judge who concluded that Iran had committed a “terrorist” act by shooting down the Ukrainian aircraft, awarded the plaintiffs more than $84 million in compensation.

Tehran denounced that ruling and insisted that the Canadian court lacked the authority to render such a decision.

In June, a group of countries led by Canada, under the banner of the International Coordination and Response Group, filed an action against Iran to seek compensation for the families of the victims.

In December 2020, Iran offered to pay $150,000 or the equivalent in euros to each of the victims’ families, which Ukrainian and Canadian officials strongly criticized.

Iranian forces shot down Flight PS752 after it took off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on January 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on board, including 85 Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Three days later, the Iranian armed forces admitted having shot down the Kyiv-bound plane “by mistake.”

Iran also accused Canada of politicizing the response to the downing of flight PS752.

“Canadian officials have had the most unwarranted interventions from day one and have tried to prevent the natural path of this issue being clarified,” an Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson said in December 2020.

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