Iran has said it will soon send to France the black boxes, he retrieved from the crash site of the Ukraine International Airlines plane outside the capital Tehran in January. The passenger of the aircraft has been struck by a missile from a defence base belonging to the guards Corps of the Islamic revolution (IRGC) at the dawn of tensions in the night between the united States and Iran. This last struck a key U.s. military base in Iraq, with a barrage of missiles in retaliation for the killing of the IRGC’s Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital.
Of the 176 persons aboard the plane — the majority of Iranian-Canadians — none of them survived the strike. Marking a half-turn, of their refusal, the Iranian authorities have released three days after the incident to formally acknowledge that the crash was the result of a “disastrous mistake” by the missile battery operators. They have promised a transparent probe and justice to the victims.
Tehran has also announced that it did not have the technical know-how to decrypt the data on the two black boxes, and continued to grip tight while sending contradictory signals about what its next steps could be.
Six months and in the midst of mounting international pressure, the islamic republic of Iran, Minister of Foreign affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif assured his Canadian counterpart, François-Philippe Champagne Tehran is ready to send the black boxes to France, where more than shed light on the tragedy. And Zarif’s deputy for legal affairs Mohsen Baharvand told state television on 23 June that the new decision was taken after the Ukrainian part has been delays in the response of Iran is proposing to hand over the black boxes to Kiev.
Tehran has also said that he was in favour of a negotiated compensation case, for which Kiev has not yet appointed a delegation. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, however, has expressed its disagreement with the proposals by Iran. Zelenskiy warned that his government may request the international arbitration and will continue to demand “adequate” compensation as well as an official apology.
But more persistent calls for accountability from the families of the iranian victims. These families have long complained about the pressure of the Iranian intelligence organizations to keep quiet and keep a low profile funeral ceremonies only in the presence of the plain-clothes of IRGC officers. Yet, through multiple petitions and campaigns, some continue to press for justice. Canada Iranian novelist Hamed Esmailioun, who has lost his wife and 9-year-old daughter in the tragedy, is the spearhead of one of these efforts on the international level. He said in a virtual press conference earlier this week that the families ‘ demands go beyond the black box, and they won’t rest easy before the Islamic Republic identifies and puts to the test those who ordered the missile strike.
Iran has admitted that the plane was indeed shot down by the IRGC-has sparked days of protests across the country in January against the government’s perceived coverage. Vigils candle in memory of the victims has also seen radical slogans against the Supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, with any number of protesters, mainly students from the university, arrested in the crackdown. One of these students, Siavash Nowruzi, was sentenced last week to eight years in prison and will receive 74 lashes after being convicted of “acting against national security and insulting the supreme guide.”