ICAO Calls Iran to Speed Up Ukrainian Plane Probe

  • The head of the ICAO council has said he has met with Iran several times and called on Ukrainian officials to expedite investigations
  • About 176 people were killed in the downing of a Ukrainian plane by a ground-to-air missile fired by the Revolutionary Guards.
  • Iran's Reacts to Bahrain on Money Laundering Accusation

The International Civil Aviation Organization has called on Iran to speed up its investigation into the downing of a Ukrainian plane crash of Ukraine International Airport PS752.. The ICAO Council announced that Tehran has only two months to submit its final report. The outcome of the Tehran-Kyiv talks is unknown.

Rescue teams work amid debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran.

The ICAO Council said in a statement that Iran’s investigation should be completed by international standards within 12 months of the incident.

According to the deadline given by ICAO to Iran, the investigation of this country should be completed by January 8, 2021.

“We have had several exchanges with the Iranian CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) in which we urged its authorities to expedite the accident investigation in accordance with ICAO Annex 13 provisions,” ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano said.

The head of the ICAO council has said he has met with Iran several times and called on Ukrainian officials to expedite investigations into the downing of the Ukrainian plane.

ICAO is a specialized body affiliated with the United Nations.

About 176 people were killed in the downing of a Ukrainian plane by a ground-to-air missile fired by the Revolutionary Guards.

The last round of talks between Iran and Ukraine on the downing of the plane took place two weeks ago in Tehran and lasted three days.

The ultimate goal of the Iran-Ukraine talks is to determine the sequence of events that led to the downing of the passenger plane, as well as the amount of compensation that Iran must pay.

Recently, the families of the victims of the Ukrainian flight gathered online in various cities around the world, including Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Washington, DC, London, and Frankfurt.

The demands of these families include “condemning the crime of the Islamic Republic of Iran in ICAO” and “presenting the roadmap of the interested countries to achieve truth and justice.”

Until three days after the crash, government and military officials in the Islamic Republic said the cause of the crash was a technical defect.

Iran’s Reacts to Bahrain on Money Laundering Accusation

The Central Bank of Iran, also known as Bank Markazi, officially the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the central bank of Iran. Established under the Iranian Banking and Monetary Act in 1960.

Iran called the condemnation of Bank al-Mustaqbal in Bahrain and some Iranian banks “political” and lacked “judicial legitimacy.” A Bahraini court has charged the Central Bank and other Iranian banks with $ 7 billion in money laundering.

Morteza Etebari, director of the Legal Investigation Department of the Central Bank of Iran, says there has been no legal notification from Bahrain for the country’s banks. Etebari has emphasized that if the court ruling is served legally, the necessary legal response will be given.

The dispute between Iran and Bahrain is over Al-Mustaqbal Bank, which the Islamic Republic designates as a Bahraini Iranian bank. Bahraini officials have accused Iran of using the bank to support terrorism in Arab capitals, including Manama.

Bahrain Banking Supervision Institutions after reviewing and investigating the activities of Al-Mustaqbal Bank, it was concluded that the Central Bank and other Iranian banks had laundered about $ 7 billion through Al-Mustaqbal Bank between 2004 and 2015.

The Bahraini Supreme Court has ruled that the Central Bank of Iran sought to inject billions of dollars into its banking system through Al-Mustaqbal Bank.

The Bahraini Supreme Criminal Court fined Iranian banks and several future banking officials $ 130 million. The court also seized $ 173 million in future assets.

Reacting to the Bahraini court ruling, the director of the Central Bank’s Legal Investigation Department said that the court’s verdict against Al-Mustaqbal Bank and its directors was based on fabricated cases and said false accusations against its defendants had no legal value.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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