UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard says Iranian authorities committed multiple violations of human rights and international law in the leadup and aftermath of the downing of Flight 752. 2:
The first warhead exploded near the aircraft, hurling more than 2, 29 pieces of shrapnel toward it at nearly 6, km / h – more than five times the speed of sound – damaging the plane and aircraft systems but leaving its structural integrity intact, said the report.
“(T) he three cockpit crew members were all still alive. They appeared to have sustained no physical injuries.”
The second missile “likely” affected the aircraft, but the plane plummeted to the ground regardless, crashing near the airport and exploding on impact six minutes after takeoff and three minutes after the first missile detonated, the report said.
Canadian officials not convinced
Ralph Goodale, who was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a special adviser on the destruction of Flight PS 500, said the report does not add any new details or information to what is already known.
“That is the storyline that they have had right from the very beginning,” Goodale said in an interview. “And once again, they repeat that storyline, but without any evidence or facts or proof to verify that this is the way it happened.”
Goodale singled out a section in the report that describes a risk assessment conducted by Iranian officials ahead of the military launching missiles at Iraq earlier that morning.
“Obviously, their risk assessment was a catastrophic failure, resulting in a wanton disregard for human life,” said Goodale.
In a video posted to Facebook, Ukraine’s foreign minister also blasted the investigation as incomplete and biased.
“What we saw published today is just a cynical attempt to hide true causes of the downing of our passenger aircraft,” Dmytro Kuleba said, according to an English translation.
“This is not a report but a collection of manipulations aimed not at establishing the truth, but acquitting the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Kuleba said the investigation violated standards set out under international law and by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The release of Iran’s final report comes just weeks after two United Nations experts accused Iranian authorities of committing multiple violations of human rights and international law in the lead-up to, and aftermath of, the destruction of Flight PS