Ukraine sues Iran in International Court of Justice for shooting down UIA plane
Ukraine together with other members of the International Group for the Coordination of Assistance to the Victims of Flight PS752 are filing a lawsuit against Iran for shooting down the Ukrainian International Airlines flight. The case will be considered by the International Court of Justice.
This was reported on Facebook of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. In addition to our state, the members of the group also represent Canada, Sweden and the UK.
The joint statement indicated that agreement with Iran to arrange arbitration under Article 14 of the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation had not been reached.
"Accordingly, the Coordination Group intends to continue its collective efforts to ensure that Iran is held accountable for the illegal shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 by referring the dispute to the International Court of Justice as soon as possible," the statement said.
Recall: On January 8, 2020, an UIA passenger plane was shot down over the Iranian capital of Tehran. The crash took the lives of 176 people, including 11 citizens of Ukraine. According to Iran's version the plane was shot down accidentally by a missile of the country's air defense forces. However, in February 2021 there was information that the UIA plane might have been shot down on purpose.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that the Iranian side had not properly responded to Kyiv's requests since the first days of the crash of the Ukraine International Airlines plane. The answers were either delayed or did not contain factual information.
In 2021 a UN human rights report pointed out that Iran's statements about the causes of the crash of flight PS752 of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) may have been deliberately distorted in order to disorient the global public.
As OBOZREVATEL reported:
- On January 8, 2023 in Kyiv honored the memory of the victims of the plane crash in the sky over Tehran in 2020. Relatives of the victims and employees of the company-carrier UIA laid flowers and lit candles near the memorial;
- In April 2023, a court in Tehran sentenced ten members of the Iranian POW Force to prison for their involvement in the shooting down of an UIA airliner with passengers on board on January 8, 2020. The minimum prison term for those convicted is one year and the maximum is 13 years.