Plane crash in Iran: compensation for the families of the victims

Écrasement d’avion en Iran: des compensations pour les familles des victimes

The prime minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that the government will provide $ 25,000 per victim in the immediate future in order to help family members make funeral arrangements or to pay for travel expenses, for example.

17 January 2020 15h14

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Plane crash in Iran: compensation for the families of the victims

Catherine Lévesque

The canadian Press

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Ottawa will provide compensation to help the families and relatives of the canadian victims who died in the plane crash in Iran last week.

The prime minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that the government will provide $ 25,000 per victim in the immediate future in order to help family members make funeral arrangements or to pay for travel expenses, for example.

“But this is only an immediate assistance. We expect that Iran compensates for these families adequately in the medium term”, he added.

About 20 families of canadian citizens who died in the tragedy demanded that the mortal remains of their loved ones to be returned to Canada. Others want to bury them in Iran, said Mr. Trudeau.

The first remains of victims are expected in the coming days, he said.

The question of compensation, among others, was discussed at a meeting earlier on Friday between the minister of foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, and his iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, in Oman.

A report of this meeting states that the two men have discussed the need for a “full access ” to Iran” to Canada, as well as the other country in mourning in order to provide consular services, identifying victims and participate in an investigation “thorough and transparent”.

“We have a lot of questions, again, about how it happened,” said Mr. Trudeau, at a press conference on Friday.

Iran has agreed to a “transparent analysis” of the data of the black boxes, which would have been severely damaged, according to Mr Trudeau. He has not clarified if or when the investigators canadians would be able to access it, but reiterated that the analysis should be done as quickly as possible. France, which has the technical capabilities to conduct this analysis, has already offered to do it.

This meeting between MESSRS. Champagne and Zarif occurs the day after Canada and four other countries which had nationals on board the plane shot down had prepared a list of demands they planned to present to Iran.

There is a little more than a week that a missile air-to-ground iranian – and perhaps a second shot down plane, Ukraine International Airlines a few minutes after takeoff from the international airport of Tehran.

Of the 176 people on board were killed, including 57 Canadian and 29 permanent residents.

The canadian Press has independently confirmed that at least 90 victims with ties to Canada, including many students and teachers returning to the country after having spent the week break in December to visit relatives in Iran.

In the last days, the canadian government has put in place a telephone line and an email box to answer the questions of the families of the victims. A web site is also posted on the support offered to those who have lost a loved one.

The applications of visas and other necessary documents are also processed much more quickly – in hours instead of weeks – to the families affected by this tragedy.

Canada could turn to the united Nations in order to intensify the international pressure on Iran to conduct a thorough and independent investigation and to avoid that such a situation does not occur again, ” said Mr. Trudeau.

In a rare sermon at Friday prayers, the supreme leader of Iran has called the fall of the airplane accident bitter that has saddened Iran and made his enemies happy.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the international rivals of Iran had taken advantage of the crash to criticize the country and its armed forces.

He also attacked the United States for killing a great general of iran, which has helped to put the air defenses in iran in a state of alert, and has called on president Donald Trump the clown.

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