TORONTO, June 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Association of Families of Victims of Flight PS752 (the Association) welcomes the Government of Canada’s forensic examination and assessment report on the flight crash PS752 from Ukraine International Airlines, released today. This report exposes the Iranian regime’s contempt for human life, its inability to reveal the truth and seek justice, and the oppression of the families of the victims. The Association welcomes Canada’s commitment in the report to seek truth and justice, including in the International Court of Justice, and calls on the international community to hold the Islamic Republic fully accountable for what it considers to be the deliberate murder of their loved ones.
The Iranian regime had an obligation to transparently disclose the causes of the crash of flight PS752 through a comprehensive report in cooperation with the affected countries. Iran has not fulfilled this obligation.
Canada‘s decision to conduct its own forensic examination and assessment was an important step. But that is not enough and cannot be the final summary of what happened on January 8, 2020. The report makes it clear that investigators did not have access to witnesses, full evidence and evidence. sufficient information. The Government of Canada must continue to work to hold those responsible for this crime to account and bring justice to the victims, their families and loved ones. Even without access to a lot of important information, the forensic examination report reveals Iran’s failure to investigate its firing from Flight PS752 and its failure to comply with international law.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s own findings outlined in the report speak to the intentional obfuscation and lack of accountability, cooperation and transparency on the part of the Iranian regime, and the need to hold Iran to account at the highest levels. high levels:
“Iran’s official account of events is spurious, misleading and superficial, and intentionally ignores key factors.”
“Iran must also account for the cover-up that followed the destruction of flight PS752, including the bulldozing of the crash site before investigators arrived.”
“… If the negotiations with Iran do not lead to a result acceptable to Canada on behalf of the families, we will pursue all available options, including recourse to the International Court of Justice.” “
Canada’s forensic report makes several key observations that clearly illustrate Iran’s crimes, cover-ups and lies. First, the report rejects the Islamic regime’s “human error” claims as implausible, and finds senior Iranian officials guilty. The report concludes that it is implausible that the crime was committed by a low-level operator on the ground who failed to perform his duties and misjudged the situation, without regular communications with central military commanders. The report highlights the likely involvement of senior military and other government officials in the firing of Flight PS752. The report states that although the firing of the missiles may have been delegated to a lower-ranking operator, “… it is highly unlikely that the SAM operator was authorized to launch missiles without the approval of his command.”
The forensic report further points out that there was “… No evidence that ‘jamming’ or electronic warfare was the cause”, contrary to claims made by Iran that missile operators had lost contact with central commanders. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, has stated that: “The inconsistencies in the official explanations seem designed to create a maximum of confusion and a minimum of clarity. They seem designed to mislead and confuse.
Importantly, the forensic report finds that the basis for this crime lies in Iran’s high-level strategic and national security decisions, presumably taken by the head of the Islamic regime and the Supreme Security Council. national of Iran. They deliberately kept civilian airspace open at a time of heightened military tension and after launching an attack, possibly using PS752 passengers and other passengers from planes that left earlier that morning as human shields. There are still many questions and unanswered facts to suggest that the downing of the PS752 civilian airliner was intentional. Iran has a responsibility to transparently disclose all relevant information in order to show that the destruction of PS752 was not intentional.
The revelations of Canada’s Forensic Report underscore what the Association and families have long known and further strengthen families’ resolve in their struggle for truth and justice. The Association’s Fact-Finding Committee intends to produce a report of its own findings and conclusions in the coming months and the Association will continue to seek an international platform that will hold the Iranian regime accountable for its actions. actions. The Association of Families of the Victims of Flight PS752 is asking the Government of Canada to pay a substantial financial reward for any information leading to the identification and prosecution of those responsible for the firing of Flight PS752. The Association once again urges the Government of Canada to enlist the IRGC as a terrorist entity, impose targeted Magnitsky sanctions on those responsible for the assassination, and pursue the PS752 case through a national criminal investigation .
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