An Ontario court has awarded $ 107 million to the families of victims of Flight PS752

An Ontario court has awarded $ 107 million, plus interest, to the families of six people killed in the crash of Ukraine International Flight 752 nearly two years ago.

The decision was made public today after Judge Edward Belobaba of the Ontario Supreme Court ruled in May that the destruction of the commercial plane shortly after takeoff in Tehran was a deliberate act of terrorism.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran shot down the plane on January 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on board, including 55 Canadians and 35 permanent residents.

The six family members to whom the court awarded compensation for lost spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren on Flight 752, according to a statement from their lawyer Mark Arnold. They have filed a civil lawsuit against Iran and other officials they believe are to blame for the disaster.

In a December 31 decision, Belobaba awarded $ 100 million in damages to divide the property of the six victims. The decision awarded another $ 1 million to family members for the loss of leadership, care and companionship and $ 6 million for pain and suffering.

Arnold said his team would try to seize Iranian assets in Canada and abroad. He said Iran had oil tankers in other countries and his team would seek to use whatever it could to pay off the families’s debt.

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Ontario court: downing PS752 from Iran was deliberate and a terrorist act

Lawyer Mark Arnold says that once the compensation for the families is determined, his team will try to seize the Iranian funds in Canada and internationally. 5:34

The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned May’s verdict as “shameful” and said the court’s decision had no legitimate evidence. Iran has also publicly rejected Canadian collective lawsuits related to Flight 752, arguing that Canadian courts have no jurisdiction and insisting that all legal proceedings be conducted in Iran.

Belobaba ruled that, based on the balance sheet, the plaintiff had determined that “the terrorist activity … directly caused the death of everyone on the plane”.

Iran did not defend itself in court, which resulted in an unfulfilled sentence.

Canadian terrorism law scholars say there are flaws in an Ontario court’s initial ruling in May.

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