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Families of Iran crashed airliner victims demand answers

Christian Fernsby |
A petition demanding justice for the families and 176 victims of a Ukrainian aircraft accidentally shot down by Iran in January had garnered more than 142,129 signatures as of Friday morning.

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Topics: IRAN    CRASH   

The ongoing petition is a stark reminder that despite repeated promises by Iran for a full and transparent Investigation since the Jan. 8 tragedy, they have proved empty words.

Canada numbered 55 victims and 30 permanent residents among the 176 dead from seven countries and it has led the discussions with Iranian officials.

The latest contact between Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and his Iranian counterpart June 22 featured reiterated promises of compensation and commitment to send the plane’s “flight recorders to France for analysis without further delay,” according to Champagne’s office.

But while in public plays the chastised regime, behind the scenes it shows a different face. Families of victims allege looting of their loved ones’ belongings and harassment from Iranian agents warning family members in Canada to curtail criticizing Iran.

The looting and bullying played a role that led to the formation of the Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims. It represents at least 100 victims. Members of the group established the online petition at change.org.

Iran claims the shooting down of the airliner with two surface-to-air missiles just after the plane left Tehran airport was due to “human error.”


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