Families of Flight PS752 Victims Mark 4 Year Anniversary of Iran Downing Plane

Families of Flight

Families of Flight, Four years ago today, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, killing all 176 persons on board, including 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents. Negar Mojtahedi examines how the families of the victims are demanding justice despite being intimidated and harassed by the Iranian authorities.

Families of Flight PS752 Victims Mark 4 Year Anniversary

Families of FlightOn Monday, Jan. 8, it will be four years since Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down passenger airliner Ukraine International Airlines PS752, killing everyone aboard.

The families of the victims claim that since the catastrophe, the Iranian regime has targeted them and attempted to silence them. However, they insist that they will not be intimidated by the Islamic Republic in their pursuit of justice. “We need justice,” Vahid Emami told Global News.

The Vancouver guy experienced an unspeakable loss. His wife, Sahand, his five-year-old daughter Sofie, his brother-in-law Alvand, and his wife Negar all perished aboard the tragic flight.

“I miss her so much,” Emami said as he showed Global News crews the wonderful crafts his daughter did, including a drawing of herself, her mother, and her father with the words “I love you.”

“I never going to see how she grew and what she is going to look like,” she said. He has since commissioned a portrait of the young lady he believes Sofie may have become if she hadn’t been killed.

“I asked one of my acquaintances to give me the painting. “And I said, ‘This is Sofie,'” Emami explained. To make this occasion even more difficult, Manzar Zarabi, Sofie’s grandmother in Iran, was detained by Iranian security agents on October 30, 2023.

“They just took her and beat her and put her in jail,” Emami went on to say. Zarabi was eventually freed owing to medical issues. Her purported transgression was attending the funeral of Armita Geravand, a lady who died weeks after allegedly being shoved by Iran’s so-called morality police.

Geravand was injured and went into a coma during an incident on the Tehran Metro on October 1. Activists described an incident with Iranian security forces who seized her for not wearing the required hijab.

Iranian officials dispute this, claiming she collapsed and harmed herself due to low blood pressure. Similarly, the statement was made about Mahsa Amini, whose death triggered the Woman, Life, and Freedom movement.

Zarrabi was jailed alongside Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer. “I am angry, I’m mad, because I am here and I can’t do anything I am far away from them,” Emami said.

The arrest of the family matriarch has shocked the entire family. Zarrabi’s son Alvand Sadeghi got married to Negar Borghei. Her mother Hoorian Sohrab and Zarrabi are now inextricably linked by their deceased children.

Sohrab stated that Zarrabi represents her son-in-law’s memory. She claims she gains strength from her. Canada, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom have brought Iran to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, demanding accountability for the downing of Flight PS752.

“Iran’s behavior so far in going through these steps is farcical,” says Ralph Goodale, Canada’s special adviser on PS752. “There is no transparency. There is no responsibility. ”

On Monday, Goodale stated that the four countries had also launched a case against Iran with the International Civil Aviation Organization.
“We will pursue Iran in two separate arenas, under two international treaties. What happened in the sky over Tehran that night four years ago was dangerous, and it posed a threat to civil aviation around the world, he said.

Goodale went on to say that the intimidation and harassment that is taking place are unacceptable. “This is one of the most frightening aspects of this case. “It is foreign interference,” he explained.

Threatening, detaining, or arresting family members in Iran, for example, constitutes “criminal behavior, whether domestic or international,” according to Goodale. “We want to get the truth out of Iran,” he said.

Goodale stated that the group of countries wants to know what happened, how it happened, and why. He stated that they want Iran to accept full responsibility for the accident, apologize to the families and civil aviation community, and put in place preventative measures to ensure that this does not happen again.

Goodale also brings up the subject of reparation, restitution, and compensation. “Some of their loved ones, for example, have not had their personal effects restored or even properly taken care of,” added Goodale.

Goodale stated that Iran’s so-called probe has been anything but “independent and impartial.” He did not have a precise schedule for how the proceedings would move because they included numerous countries and conventions, but he accepted the families’ request for provisional measures and stated that the government was studying it.

“They have asked the government to consider if we could ask the court for preliminary determinations, or as they call them, provisional measures earlier in the process,” Goodale said in a statement.

Goodale says he has nothing but respect and affection for the victims’ families. “The family are incredible. They have gone through so much agony, pain, anguish, and everything,” he remarked.

“The regime and interaction only add insult to injury. It’s astonishing how determined and dignified the family has been. Emami, meanwhile, stated that the families will not give up. “We will keep fighting,” he declared.

If Canada’s efforts fail, he has stated that he will go to whatever length to seek justice. “I have nothing to lose, even if they beat me, throw me in jail, or do anything else.”


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