Ottawa nominates Payam Akaban to advise world affairs regarding the shooting down of PS752

Ottawa — The federal government has appointed a legal expert as Senior Advisor to Global Affairs Canada for the shooting down of a passenger jet in Iran, which killed 176 people.

The government said in a statement that Payam Akaban, a senior fellow at Massey College and a prominent visiting professor at the University of Toronto, would provide advice on all issues related to Ukraine International Airlines PS752.

Foreign Minister Marc Garneau has stated that Ahavan will assist the Legal Team of Global Affairs Canada in preparation for future negotiations with Iran on compensation and other possible measures.

Among those killed when the jet was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile minutes after taking off from Teheran on January 8, 2020, included 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents. Was there.

Akhavan was the first legal adviser to the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia and also worked for the United Nations in Bosnia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Rwanda and East Timor.

The government says Canada remains committed to pursuing transparency, accountability and justice for the victims of tragedy, their sad families, and all Canadians.

“We are pleased to welcome Professor Ahavan to Global Affairs Canada,” Garnot said in a late Friday announcement.

“His wealth of knowledge and expertise will hold Iran accountable for the downs of PS752 flights and reinforce the department’s ongoing commitment to pursuing family justice and transparency.”

On Thursday, a court in Ontario ruled that the shooting down of a jet by Iranian troops was a deliberate act of terrorism.

The decision by Judge Edward Belovaba of the Ontario Superior Court paves the way for relatives of the murdered people to seek compensation from the state.

He found a balance of probabilities that a missile that shot down a jet was intentionally launched when there was no armed conflict in the area.

As a result, he found that it constitutes a terrorist act that invalidates Iran’s immunity to civil lawsuits.

The state’s immunity law protects foreign states from legal claims, but the judiciary for terrorist victims provides exceptions when losses are caused by terrorist activity, the ruling said. Stated.

Last year, four lawsuits were filed in which a loved one was killed in the attack.

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