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Canadian Court Awards $84m To Families Over Plane Shot Down by Iran in 2020

The downing of the plane came in the aftermath of U.S. forces killing Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani in a missile strike at Baghdad International Airport in January 2020.
Canadian court awards $84M to families over plane shot down by Iran in 2020
Iranian forces shot down Flight PS752 after it took off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on January 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on board, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents [File: Carlos Osorio/Reuters]

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An Ontario, Canada, court has awarded $84 million to the families of six people who died when Iranian military forces shot down a Ukraine International Airlines plane in 2020, The Guardian reported

In a statement on Monday, the families’ attorney Mark Arnold said they were awarded compensation by the county for the loss of their relatives aboard flight Flight 752. 

The court decision was upheld by Justice Edward Belobaba of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice on Dec. 31, according to The Guardian. 

In what Tehran later called a “disastrous mistake,” the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot down the airplane in January 2020, killing all 176 people on board, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents.

Arnold also said he will look into seizing Iranian assets in Canada and abroad, adding his team will look to seize whatever it can to pay what the families are owed.

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