Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Canada will pursue full reparations for the downing of flight PS752 by Iran which killed dozens of Canadian citizens and permanent residents among others.
“The families and loved ones of the victims of Flight PS752 deserve answers – and we will take every measure necessary to make sure justice is served. Today’s report confirms that Iranian civilian and military authorities are fully responsible for the downing of Flight PS752,” Trudeau said in a statement. Trudeau further added “Iran owes answers to the victims’ loved ones and to the world. Canada will pursue full reparations for the downing and the harm that Iran has caused to the victims and their families, and will demand accountability in international forums.”
Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marc Garneau, and the Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, today issued a joint statement earlier today on the release of the Government of Canada’s report entitled “The Downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752: Factual Analysis”The statement further added that a report released by Government of Canada, confirms that Iranian civilian and military authorities, through their decisions, actions, and omissions, are fully responsible for the downing of Flight PS752, which tragically took the lives of 176 innocent people, including 55 Canadian citizens, 30 permanent residents, and many more with ties to Canada. The report highlights the Iranian authorities’ recklessness, incompetence, and wanton disregard for human life. It also concludes that Iran’s official account of events is disingenuous, misleading, and superficial, and deliberately ignores key factors. This confirms Canada’s view that Iran’s actions and omissions in relation to Flight PS752 amount to violations of its obligations under international law.
“The families and loved ones of the victims deserve a full explanation of Iran’s dangerous and deliberate choice to keep its airspace open, and a full accounting of the Iranian military’s training and command and control procedures for anti-aircraft operations. Iran has not addressed the numerous deficiencies the Forensic Team has identified,” the statement added.
The statement also added “Iran must also account for the cover-up that followed the downing of Flight PS752, including bulldozing the crash site before investigators arrived. Iran still owes these answers to the victims’ loved ones so they can have a measure of closure. And Iran owes these answers to the world, because without them, no country, airline, or passenger can have confidence in the safety of Iranian airspace.”
“Canada will vigorously pursue full reparations for the downing and the harm that Iran has caused to the victims and their families. This includes, but is not limited to, seeking a full accounting of the events that took place, complete transparency regarding the ongoing criminal prosecutions, and concrete guarantees by Iran that measures have been taken to ensure such a tragedy never happens again. Canada also will be taking action to demand accountability from Iran in international forums, the statement said, adding that “In addition, we will continue working with international partners to improve investigative protocols for shoot-down situations, and to advance the Safer Skies Initiative to better protect passengers from the risk of flying in or near conflict zones.