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e-4332 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by shahin moghaddam from King City, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • On January 8, 2020, Ukrainian passenger Flight PS752 was shot down by two IRGC missiles, Brutally;
  • The Islamic government, after days of denial, accepted responsibility and blamed this attack on human error;
  • They have refused to cooperate with the investigation and have used delay tactics to cover up facts around this crime;
  • The questions of why this passenger airplane was shot down and who was behind planning and executing this act of terror remain unanswered;
  • On May 20,2021 Ontario Superior Court Ruled: shoot down the Flight was intentional and act of terrorism;
  • The Government of Canada never admitted PS752 atrocity was an intentional Terrorist crime;
  • RCMP commissioner Brenda Lucki Officially denied to open criminal Investigation on July7,2021;
  • RCMP must do investigation, in matter of death of any Canadian all around the world in any situation and circumstances;
  • RCMP pointed investigation to Ukraine, which is under Siege by Russia, and Ukraine submitted claim in Ontario superior court by himself; and
  • RCMP investigation will discover the details of how and Why the attack was carried out, and who was behind it.
We, the undersigned, concerned citizens and Residents across Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to take the matter of investigating the shooting down of Ukrainian passenger Flight PS752 to the RCMP, and to request an independent "Criminal" investigation immediately.

Response by the Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): JENNIFER O’CONNELL, M.P.

The downing of Flight PS752 was, and continues to be a national tragedy for Canada. Our top priorities remain transparency, accountability, and justice. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has been engaged since the early stages of the international response, and continues to invest significant effort on a number of fronts, including deploying personnel to Ukraine in the early aftermath of the tragedy and continuing to engage with victims’ families in Canada.

Prior to the Russia-Ukraine war, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine was leading a criminal investigation into this tragedy, which the RCMP supported through established international legal assistance mechanisms (Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs)). In addition to the investigative efforts being carried out in response to the Ukraine MLAT requests, the RCMP commenced in 2020 an investigation into the complaints of harassment, intimidation and foreign interference by Iran against the families of PS752 victims. This includes physical threats, intimidation by proxy and the potential surveillance of the families’ electronic equipment. The RCMP continues to investigate, respond to, and will level charges as appropriate against criminal instances of harassment, intimidation, and coercion from foreign actors.

On May 11, 2021, the Ontario Superior Court (Zarei v Iran, 2021 ONSC 3377) found that, on a balance of probabilities, the missile attacks that downed Flight PS752 were intentional and constituted an act of terrorism. However, it is important to consider that there are significant differences in the standard of proof required for civil proceedings and criminal prosecutions.

In May 2023, the RCMP held a call with personnel from Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) currently assigned to the criminal investigation. During that call, the RCMP requested that PGO revisit whether Ukraine legislation would allow for a joint investigation with Canada into the downing of PS752.  PGO indicated they would consider the legal issues and communicate with the RCMP whether there are any legal mechanisms that could be utilized for such joint efforts.

To protect the independence and integrity of the investigative efforts underway, no further details can be provided at this time.

Open for signature
March 21, 2023, at 8:52 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 20, 2023, at 8:52 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Melissa Lantsman (Thornhill)
October 4, 2023 (Petition No. 441-01727)
Government response tabled
November 20, 2023
Photo - Melissa Lantsman
Conservative Caucus