$107 million in compensation was awarded to the families of the people who died in a plane crash two years ago by a Canadian court on Tuesday.
The families of six Canadian citizens who lost their lives aboard Flight 752, a Ukraine International Airlines plane that was downed almost two years ago, filed the lawsuit in question.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards shot down the plane which crashed near Tehran on January 8, 2020, killing all 176 people on board.
According to a statement from their lawyer Mark Arnold, the family members concerned, who lost spouses, siblings, children, nieces and nephews, were awarded compensation by the court.
$100 million in punitive damages was awarded by Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice to be shared by the estates of the six victims. Family members were also awarded another $1 million after the decision for the loss of guidance, care and companionship, and $6 million for pain and suffering.
Arnold has said that his team will look to seize Iranian assets in Canada and abroad. He said Iran has oil tankers in other countries and his team will be looking to seize whatever it can to pay what the families are owed.
Shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, the Boeing 737-800 of the Ukrainian International Airlines crashed, just hours after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeting US troops in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of Qasem Soleimani.
Iran’s General Staff announced that the Ukrainian plane was accidentally shot down by two missiles launched by the air defense system as a result of “human error” while passing over a “sensitive military point,” even though Iranian authorities initially did not accept the claims that the plane was shot down.
About a year after the incident, Iran announced that it would pay $150,000 compensation to the families of those who lost their lives in December 2020.