An Ontario court awarded more than $ 107 million to the families of six victims of the Iranian military’s jetliner crash two years ago.
The ruling released today follows a ruling in May that the missile strikes were an intentional act of terrorism, paving the way for relatives of those killed to seek compensation from Iran.
In the 2021 decision, Ontario Superior Court Judge Edward Belobaba found, on a balance of probabilities, that the missiles that downed Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on January 8, 2020, were deliberately fired at a time when there was no armed conflict in the region. .
As a result, he ruled that it was an act of terrorism that would invalidate Iran’s immunity from civil prosecution.
While the State Immunity Act protects foreign states from legal action, the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act provides an exception in cases where losses are caused by terrorist activity.
More than 100 of the 176 people killed in the plane crash had ties to Canada, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents.
—The Canadian Press
Flight 752 crash in Iran