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Ottawa, Jan 16 (Canadian-Media): An international meeting is being hosted in London today by Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne joined by four other countries that lost citizens in the crash: Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and Britain to discuss about the thorough investigation into the Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 that was shot down in Iran by an Iranian missile last week killing all 176 aboard, including 57 Canadians, media reports said.
François-Philippe Champagne. Image credit: Twitter
Although Iran is co-operating with the two Canadian investigators on the scene, Marc Garneau, Canada's Transport Minister said, they still want official status in Iran's investigation to facilitate Canadian officials to take part in the analysis of the flight recorders' data.
"We will be sending very, very strong messages to Iran," Garneau said of the meeting on Wednesday in Ottawa.
"President [Hassan] Rouhani has made some comment to the effect that they want to co-operate, but of course the question on everybody's mind is: Will they deliver on that promise?"
Garneau said Canada is also seeking compensation from those responsible after an investigation.
"One of the requirements from Canada's point of view, along with justice, is compensation, compensation to be provided by those that stand guilty of playing a role in this tragic accident. But let's do the homework first," said Garneau.
In the meantime offering of interim compensation to the family members of the deceased is also being considered by Canada, said Omar Alghabra, the prime minister's parliamentary secretary while waiting for a proper compensation claim to be settled with Iran.
A moment of silence was observed on Wednesday afternoon by the universities across Canada to pay tribute to the students, professors and PhD candidates killed on Flight 752.
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Tehran, Jan 14 (Canadian-Media): Several arrests had been made after thorough investigations for the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane that killed all 176 people aboard just after takeoff from Tehran last week just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two airbases housing US forces in Iraq, Iran's judiciary said Tuesday, media reports said.
Hassan Rouhani. Image Credit Twitter handle
Iran, which initially dismissed allegations of downing the plane, acknowledged only on Saturday that its Revolutionary Guard had shot down the plane by mistake.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also called on Tuesday for a special court to be set up to probe the downing.
"This is not an ordinary case and all of world is looking at us," Rouhani said and added
"I announce that we will do the follow up in order to detect all aspects of the event and punishing those responsible."
"The government is accountable and we will fulfill our legal responsibilities but most importantly the people should be assured that such an event should not take place again," Rouhani said and added that the public deserved to know the details about the cause of the crash.
There were calls from the leaders of the countries whose citizens were killed to take full action on the accused.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would ensure that "a full, transparent investigation is conducted."
"I want to assure all families and all Canadians -- we will not rest until there are answers. We will not rest until there is justice and accountability," Trudeau said at a vigil on Sunday.
About 30 protesters had also been arrested on Tuesday for for endangering the national security.
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Iran, Jan 10 (Canadian-Media): The two flight recorders recovered from Flight PS752 crash site could provide some crucial clues around the cause of the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran killing all the 176 passengers on board, media reports said.
Ukraine International Airlines. Image credit: Twitter handle
"The flight recorders are very, very good at telling you exactly what happened," said Mike Poole, a former investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada and an expert on flight recorders.
"If you're shot down, the signature is typically a perfectly functioning airplane and perfectly normal operations that all of a sudden stops," Poole said. "That doesn't necessarily [mean] it was shot down, but it says whatever happened was instantaneous."
Although both recorders were said to be damaged, Iranian state television said it was possible to examine these by downloading their memories.
While speaking to the reporters yesterday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the families of the victims and all Canadians and I want answers and added, "That means closure, transparency, accountability and justice. And this government will not rest until we get that."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a plea yesterday to his Iranian counterpart to ensure that Canadian aviation safety officials are included in the investigation as the Transportation Safety Board of Canada announced late yesterday that Canadian investigators would at least be granted access to the crash site.