Ukraine ‘even closer’ to ruling on legal action against flight PS752, ambassador says
Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada said Iran’s decision to indict 10 Iranian officials for their role in the downing of flight PS752 without publicly naming those responsible only pushes his country closer to deciding to initiate international legal action.
“I think this brings us even closer to some very important strategic decisions on how we should deal with this situation, including a big decision on whether we are going to take this case to the international court,” he said. Andriy Shevchenko told CBC News Network. Power and politics.
“Obviously our intention is to make sure that we coordinate well with Canada and with the other countries involved,” he told host Vassy Kapelos.
Iran announced earlier Tuesday that it had indicted those responsible, but Tehran’s military prosecutor, Gholamabbas Torki, withheld their names when he made the announcement.
Last year, the Iranian military shot down Ukrainian International Airlines flight PS752, killing 176 people, many with ties to Canada, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents.
The indictments come after Iran was widely criticized last month for issuing a final report on the incident which blamed human error but did not name anyone responsible.
Shevchenko said his government was not happy with technical or criminal investigations.
He said his officials did not have “good cooperation” with Iranian officials and that Iran’s failure to appoint officials it blames for the tragedy does not improve the transparency of the investigations.
“We don’t know clearly who these people are and neither do we know what exactly they are accused of,” Shevchenko said.
“We don’t know how deep the investigation has been, so I would say Iran still has a lot of work to do to prove that this investigation is transparent and that doesn’t change how we feel about it; we think there should be more transparency and we are not going to compromise on transparency over clarity and justice, ”he said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday he also remained concerned about Iran’s “lack of transparency and the lack of a full and complete investigation.”
“We will continue to work with the international community, reforming international aviation standards and most importantly ensuring that the families I have had the opportunity to meet and sit with – who continue to have the heartbroken and who the rest of their lives because of the losses of those loved ones – get shutdown, get compensation, and mostly get justice from Iran. ”
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