On Friday, Iran slammed a report by a special Canadian forensic team that accused the government of incompetence and irresponsibility in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet last year as “extremely politicized.” The study, released on Thursday, concluded that, while the shooting down of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 was not premeditated, it did not exonerate Iranian officials of blame.
Iran has confirmed that it shot down the airliner shortly after takeoff from Tehran in January 2020, killing 176 people, and has blamed the incident on a “disastrous mistake” by forces on high alert during a standoff with the US. There were 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents among the fatalities.
Iran stated that the airliner was shot down shortly after takeoff from Tehran in January 2020, killing 176 people, and blamed the disaster on a “disastrous miscalculation” by forces on high alert during a standoff with the US. Among the dead were 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents.
“If Canada’s highly politicized and illegal behavior becomes the standard, all countries, including the civil aviation industry, would suffer. Iran has met its international law commitments and continues to pursue and implement them,” Baharvand said, adding that his country has enough paperwork and experience to provide any clarifications asked.
Ottawa has frequently protested that Iran’s official explanation for the downing of the Ukrainian airliner left many crucial points unanswered. Canada and other countries are attempting to obtain restitution for victims’ families. Because Canada does not have formal diplomatic relations with Iran, the process is lengthy and complicated.
The disaster was blamed on a misaligned radar and an error by an air defense operator by Iran’s civil aviation body in March. Ten Iranian officials have been charged in connection with the incident.