CBC News is reporting that people in Canada who lost family members when Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was mistakenly shot down in January are being intimidated and threatened by figures they fear are close to the Iranian regime.
Of the 176 people killed when the Boeing 737-800 was mistakenly shot down by Iranian forces 138, including 55 Canadian citizens, were making connections to Canada.
According to an email obtained by CBC News, Global Affairs Canada is aware of “reports” of victims’ families “being approached in Canada in situations which have caused them concern”
The CBC’s Ashley Burke quotes Ralph Goodale, who was appointed last week as the new advisor to the federal government on the aftermath of Flight 752, calling it “critically important” that families report acts of intimidation to police.
Burke writes that the email obtained by CBC News “does not say whether authorities suspect anyone in particular is approaching family members–but multiple families tell CBC News they fear its people close to the Iranian regime.”
The RCMP, Burke writes, is not allowed to comment on individual cases but told her it is “aware of allegations of intimidation of the grieving families of the PS752 and deplore any such actions.”
With files from CBC News (Ashley Burke), RCI