The victims of the Ukrainian civilian airliner downed by Iranian missiles in January had their belongings ransacked at the crash site, family members of the victims revealed at a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 on January 8, killing all 176 onboard.
Iran admitted to downing the plane after days of denying responsibility and insisting the plane crashed due to a “technical failure,” but it is yet to hand over the black boxes for analysis.
“Our families’ belongings were looted, and what was not looted was confiscated by Iranian officials. No one knows where my wife’s wedding ring and my daughter’s pink doll is; they have not been returned,” Hamed Esmaeilion, whose wife Parisa Eghbalian and nine-year-old daughter Reera were killed in the crash, said.
Esmaeilion said his daughter’s wristband, coat, carry on, and both her Canadian and Iranian passports are missing.
Possessions belonging to the victims, such as laptops, cell phones, wedding rings, passports, and wallets with cash in them were “looted,” he said.
“We have photos of Iranian officials just searching the bags and the luggage to find something. We do not know what they were doing,” said Esmaeilion.
General view of the debris of the Ukraine International Airlines, flight PS752, Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran. (File photo: Reuters)
Javad Soleimani, whose wife Elnaz Nabiyi was killed in the crash, cast doubt on Iran’s official version of events, raising the possibility that the downing of the plane may have been intentional.
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