Canada rules Iran's downing of civilian plane was 'terrorist act'

Canada rules Iran's downing of civilian plane was 'terrorist act'

The shooting down of a Ukrainian Airlines passenger plane over Tehran last January was an intentional act of terrorism, a Canadian court has ruled.



A judgement issued by Ontario's Superior Court of Justice on Thursday declared that the shooting down of Ukrainian Airlines Flight PS752 by Iran on January 8, 2020 had been deliberate.


All 176 passengers and crew onboard the plane were killed in the disaster. More than 80 of the passengers were Iranian, 63 were Canadian, three were British, four were Afghan, 10 were Swedish, and three were German.

People in Tehran gather for a candlelit memorial for the plane crash victims in January 2020

The plane was downed by two missiles fired by Iran’s paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) due to what was described by Iran as a technical error.


"The plaintiffs have established that the shooting down of Flight 752 by the defendants was an act of terrorism and constitutes 'terrorist activity',” Justice Edward Belobaba wrote in his decision issued on Thursday.

Abeeblahi Akintola

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