Canadian court rules Iran's downing of Ukrainian flight act of terrorism
The Superior Court of Justice of Ontario found that “on a balance of probabilities” two missile strikes on the jetliner shortly after takeoff from Iran’s capital Tehran on January 8, 2020 “were intentional.”
“The plaintiffs,” Justice Edward Belobaba also ruled, “have established that the shooting down of Flight 752 by the defendants was an act of terrorism.”
Lawyers Mark and Jonah Arnold called the decision “unprecedented in Canadian law.”
“It is significant for the impact it will have on immediate surviving family members seeking justice,” they said in a statement.
The legal action seeking Can$1.5 billion (US$1.25 billion) was brought by four people who lost family members in the disaster that killed all 176 aboard, including 85 Canadian citizens and permanent residents. ■