İrem UZUN -TDO- Iran is to give $150,000 to the families of each of the 176 people who died when its Revolutionary Guards shot down a passenger jet last January.
“The Ministry of Transport and Urban Development has been instructed to arrange for the payment of $ 150,000 or its equivalent in euros to the families of each of the victims as soon as possible and to pay the amounts to the beneficiaries based on the relevant documents,” the Legal Department announced, according to IRNA. It said the damages resulting from the deaths of the victims should be paid without any discrimination based on nationality, citizenship and gender and according to the laws of the victims’ countries.
The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 was struck by two missiles shortly after taking off from Tehran on January 8. After initially denying responsibility, Iran admitted it had shot down the flight "unintentionally". Tehran called it a "disastrous mistake" by the Revolutionary Guards Corps. The victims included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians including nine crew members, four Afghans, four Britons and three Germans.
Ukraine's foreign ministry said compensation amounts should be arrived at through negotiations according to international practice and demanded those behind the attack face prosecution. "The Ukrainian side expects from Iran a draft technical report on the circumstances of the aircraft shooting down," ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko said.