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Canada Family of Canadian crash victim claims Iran is intimidating them, won’t release remains

07:10  15 january  2020
07:10  15 january  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

Iran plane crash complicating funeral plans for families in mourning

  Iran plane crash complicating funeral plans for families in mourning Iran plane crash complicating funeral plans for families in mourningAll 176 people on board the Ukraine International Airlines flight were killed when the plane crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran on Wednesday.

The relative of an Iranian - Canadian student claims the family is being intimidated by Iran officials for speaking to the media and are refusing to release his body.

Those missile strikes were Iran 's response to the US killing of senior Iranian commander Qasem He said Mr Rouhani had made a commitment to de-escalation and added that Canadian crash Foreign Minister Javad Zarif apologised to the families of the victims but laid part of the blame on the US.

a group of people sitting around a bunch of stuffed animals: Mourners place candles and photographs during a vigil for those who were among the 176 people who were killed when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crashed after takeoff near Tehran, Iran, outside the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan Mourners place candles and photographs during a vigil for those who were among the 176 people who were killed when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crashed after takeoff near Tehran, Iran, outside the Alberta Legislature Building in Edmonton on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Codie McLachlan

The family of an Iranian-Canadian student killed when Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane is pleading with the Canadian government for help in obtaining his remains, which they say are being held by Iran’s government.

A relative of Amir Hossein Saeedinia claims the family is being intimidated by Iranian officials for speaking to the media and that Iran is refusing to release his body.

Markham victim of Iran plane crash couldn’t get on wife’s earlier flight home

  Markham victim of Iran plane crash couldn’t get on wife’s earlier flight home "When she found out, she wanted to go back and get him. And that's still what we're going to try and do and bring something home."Asgar Dhirani and his wife, Razia, residents of Markham, were in Iran giving religious tours throughout the region as they had done in past years.

Sixty-three of them were Canadian nationals, but many more called Canada their home, at least temporarily. They had decided to get married in Iran because they wanted to celebrate with family , Mr The crash also claimed the lives of two young girls, Daria and Dorina Mousavi, aged 14 and 9

Who were the Canadian victims ? They were newlyweds, families , students, professionals and academics. Image copyright Reuters. Image caption Pedram Mousavi and Mojgan Daneshmand with their two daughters. Sixty-three of them were Canadian nationals, but many more called Canada

“One week has elapsed and no news,” the relative said in an interview with Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist. Audio of the interview was provided to Global News. “Nothing can relieve this grieving [family] apart from help.”

“We just want Canada to help us,” said the relative, who Global News is not identifying over safety concerns.


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Saeedinia, 26, was scheduled to begin his PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of Alberta, according to the school. He was among the 176 passengers and crew on board Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 when it was shot down by Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

For three days Iran repeatedly denied allegations that a missile had brought down the plane, but in the face of growing evidence, officials admitted Saturday that its Revolutionary Guard had shot down the plane by mistake amid heightened military tensions with the United States.

Nova Scotians among those killed in plane crash in Iran

  Nova Scotians among those killed in plane crash in Iran Masoumeh Ghavi, a Dalhousie University engineering student, was among those killed when a Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed in Tehran Wednesday morning. Masoumeh Ghavi, who many knew as Masi, had been on holiday visiting family in Iran. She was travelling back to Canada with her younger sister who was to study in Halifax, said Ali Nafarieh, president of the Iranian Cultural Association of Nova Scotia."It's unbelievable, still I cannot believe it," he said. "When I put myself in her family's shoes, oh my God.

Most Iran crash victims were connecting to Canada , says PM Trudeau – video. In a statement, Trudeau said he and his wife were “shocked and Iranian officials have stated they suspect mechanical issues were a factor in the crash . Ukrainian officials have declined to offer a cause while

EDMONTON, Alberta/TORONTO (Reuters) - About 2,000 people packed a memorial in Toronto on Sunday to remember the victims of a Ukrainian airliner shot down in Iran in a disaster that killed 57 Canadians , mainly of Iranian descent.

Of the 176 passengers, 138 were headed for Canada, but it's unclear how many were permanent residents or travelling on student visas.

Canada has said 57 of the victims were Canadian citizens.

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Alinejad, who also works as a women’s rights campaigner in Iran, told Global News she has spoken with several families that aren’t able to recover the remains of loved ones.

“All of them are telling that security forces went to their house and warned them, ‘If you give any interviews to journalists or media, then we won’t give the bodies of your beloved ones back,'” she said.

In Iran, a majority-Muslim country, it’s customary for remains to be buried immediately after death. Officials have said the process to identify loved ones will be difficult due to the nature of the crash and will require DNA or dental records.

Nova Scotian among those killed in Iran plane crash

  Nova Scotian among those killed in Iran plane crash Masoumeh Ghavi, an engineering student at Dalhousie University, was travelling to back to Canada along with her sister, Mandieh Ghavi.Masoumeh Ghavi, an engineering student at Dalhousie University, was travelling to back to Canada along with her sister, Mandieh Ghavi, according to Sadra Kord-Jamshidi, president of the Dalhousie Iranian Student Society.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it has been gut-wrenching to listen to stories from relatives of 57 Canadians who died in the downing of Speaking at a memorial with a capacity crowd of 2,300 in Edmonton, Alberta, Mr Trudeau said he has learned many of the victims came to Canada

Victims of the crash included 82 Iranians , 57 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians as well as nationals from Sweden, the UK, Afghanistan and Germany. "Our team has now got access to the black boxes," he said, stressing that Ukraine wanted them to be analysed in Kyiv. Iran earlier said it would download

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Alinejad said the families are looking for assistance from the Canadian government to help recover the remains so they can either be brought home to Canada or buried in Iran. She posted a video Monday on social media of a mother of an Iranian-Canadian killed in the downed flight and called on Canada for help.

“The heartbreaking part of this is that these families left Iran because they want to be safe in Canada and now they have been killed by the Islamic Republic,” she said. “They also don’t have any safety in Iran to have public [memorials] or do interviews and tell the stories of their children.”

The repatriation process could also be complicated by the fact that Iran does not recognize dual citizenship and Iranian authorities may not allow the bodies to be returned home, according to Alinejad.

“It’s horrible,” she said.

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne did not immediately respond to questions from Global News.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Champagne called the allegations of harassment “disturbing” and said his office is looking into the matter.

Canada investigates reports that Iran is harassing families trying to repatriate remains of crash victims

  Canada investigates reports that Iran is harassing families trying to repatriate remains of crash victims Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says Canada is looking into "disturbing" allegations that Iran is harassing family members of PS752 airline crash victims who are desperately trying to bring home their loved ones' remains.Responding to a video posted on Twitter of a woman pleading for Canada's help in bringing home the body of her son, Champagne tweeted back that the government is looking into the matter. The video was posted by an Iranian journalist/activist who said Iranian authorities are telling families of crash victims not to speak to journalists.

Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says Canada is looking into "disturbing" allegations that Iran is harassing family members of PS752 airline crash victims who are desperately trying to bring home their loved ones' remains .Responding to a video posted on Twitter of a

On Thursday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said evidence suggested an Iranian missile brought down the aircraft by But the company has denied that the plane veered from its expected course before the crash . Iran 's head of emergency operations said 147 of the victims were Iranian .

Global Affairs confirmed that Canadian investigators are getting their first chance to visit the crash site outside of Tehran on Tuesday as part of an international team looking into the downed jet.

“We are also committed to working with international partners to ensure a thorough and credible investigation into how such a horrific tragedy could have occurred,” Champagne said in a statement.

“Prime Minister Trudeau has spoken with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani directly and clearly stated that Canada expects and demands full cooperation from Iranian authorities in all respects of access, repatriation and investigation.”

Global Affairs said in a statement that consular officials are now on the ground in Tehran and families can reach the Standing Rapid Deployment Team (SRDT) in Iran at +98 905 778 9710 or by email at sos@international.gc.ca.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Global News in an exclusive interview that if there had been no military escalation between Iran and the U.S., “those Canadians would be right now home with their families.”

“This is something that happens when you have conflict and war,” Trudeau said. ”Innocents bear the brunt of it and it is a reminder why all of us need to work so hard on de-escalation, moving forward to reduce tensions and find a pathway that doesn’t involve further conflict and killing.”

Trudeau’s comments come ahead of a meeting Thursday being hosted by Canada in London, U.K., in which officials from Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom are set to lay out their next steps for pushing for credible answers from Iran and access to black box data.

“Families have very tangible questions like, ‘When can we bring our loved ones home to Canada? How am I going to pay my mortgage? How am I going to get the supports I need, because I can’t go back to work because I just lost my wife and child and I am completely lost,’” Trudeau said.

Trudeau pledges Canadian support to investigation of Iran plane crash .
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will work with its international partners to thoroughly investigate the cause of the plane crash in Iran that killed 63 Canadians. Trudeau says Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Transport Minister Marc Garneau are reaching out to their international counterparts. Garneau said on Twitter that Canada would offer technical assistance in the crash investigation. Trudeau isTrudeau says Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and Transport Minister Marc Garneau are reaching out to their international counterparts.

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