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Plane shot down in 2020 by Iran  : four countries pursue Tehran before the ICAO

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Rescue teams at the scene of the crash of the Boeing of Ukraine International Airlines (Archive photo)

Agence France-Presse

Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom filed a complaint against Iran with the UN civil aviation agency on Monday, responsible for the crash of an airliner in January 2020 which left 176 dead.

In a joint statement, the four countries that had victims on board accuse Tehran of having used weapons against a civilian aircraft in flight, in violation of its international legal obligations.

Four years to the day after the tragedy, they initiated dispute resolution proceedings before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), headquartered in Montreal.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that this was an important step in ensuring justice for the victims' families.< /p>

Contacted by AFP, the UN agency had not commented at the start of the afternoon.

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On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, operating between Tehran and Kiev, was shot down shortly after takeoff, causing the death of 176 people, mostly Iranians and Canadians.

Three days later, Tehran admitted to having shot down the plane “by mistake”. The aircraft was hit by two missiles launched by the Iranian armed forces, which were on alert at the time for fear of an American attack.

Canada, Sweden, Ukraine and the United Kingdom argue that Iran has refused for four years now to take full responsibility for the tragedy, despite numerous attempts at negotiation.

In July, the collective seized the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in order to obtain compensation for the damages suffered and to oblige Iran to pay compensation to the families of the victims.

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