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UK, Canada, Sweden, Ukraine take Iran to top UN court over 2020 downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet – AP

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Debris at the crash site of a Ukrainian UIA plane in Iran in 2020. Source: Telegram, @news_5ua
UK, Canada, Sweden, Ukraine take Iran to top UN court over 2020 downing of a Ukrainian passenger jet – AP

The UK, Canada, Sweden, and Ukraine launched a case against Iran at the UN’s International Court of Justice on 5 July over the downing in 2020 of a Ukrainian passenger jet by Iran and the deaths of all 176 passengers and crew, AP reported.

The countries want the ICJ to rule that Iran illegally shot down the Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 in Iran on 8 January 2020, and order Tehran to apologize and pay compensation to the victims’ families.

Iran’s anti-air missile shot down the Tehran-Kyiv flight minutes after it took off, killing all passengers and crew. Those killed were citizens of the UK, Ukraine, Canada, Sweden, Afghanistan, and Iran, their ages ranged from one to 74 years old.

After three days of denials in January 2020, Iran said its Revolutionary Guard mistakenly downed the Ukrainian plane with two surface-to-air missiles, blaming air defender who they said mistook the Boeing 737-800 for an American cruise missile.

According to the court filing published on 5 July, the four countries argue that Iran “failed to take all practicable measures to prevent the unlawful and intentional commission of an offense” and “failed to conduct an impartial, transparent, and fair criminal investigation and prosecution consistent with international law.”

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