Exposing a recently obtained audiotape, the Iranian high authorities have deliberately permitted civil and commercial flights to fly to and from Tehran in conjunction with the incident of the Ukrainian plane being shot down, with the intention of camouflaging, by Keep the airspace open to cover up an Iranian plan To strike American military bases in Iraq.
The Canadian “CBC News” channel obtained a recording of a 90-minute conversation that took place on March 7 between a family member of the victims in Canada and Hassan Razaikar, who was appointed head of the Iranian investigation team in the accident of the downing of the Ukrainian Airlines plane that was heading to Kiev , Which killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians.
The Canadian authorities also obtained a copy of the audio recording, which reveals painful details about the shooting down of the plane and the reaction of the Iranian authorities at the time.
And less than 24 hours after CBC News sent a copy of the registration via e-mail to Rezaiqar, requesting a response and comment on Thursday, Canadian officials revealed that Iran had removed Rezaiqar from his post.
Canadian officials have made it clear that Iran’s decision to dismiss Hassan Razaikar confirms that the Iranian regime has not been transparent in the investigations.
The families of the victims in Britain were informed Friday morning via the British embassy in Tehran of the decision and that a new investigator is currently in charge.
Try to camouflage and human shields!
Rezaigar said, in the audio recording, that closing the airspace over Tehran could have revealed early on Iran’s ballistic missile attack on US air bases in Iraq, in response to the killing of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Qods Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
“Some say that the airspace should have been evacuated. The National Security Council,” Radzaiar, speaking in Persian, added in the audio recording. [الإيراني] He’s the responsible. But let’s say that if the airspace was closed, wouldn’t this have prevented the impending attack? “
Not sacrificing flight fees
Flight 752 was shot down just 4 hours after the raid on the US base. Rezaikar added that closing the airspace meant canceling the flights. It is known that Iran earns hundreds of thousands of dollars a day for the fees of allowing flights in its airspace.
“Okay, suppose that we (the Iranian authorities) delayed the Ukrainian flight by ten hours. Would all the other following flights have been canceled?” He added.
Isolating the investigator is evidence of crime
Thomas Juno, associate professor of international affairs at the University of Ottawa and a former Middle East analyst, commented that Iran insists that the investigation will be independent, while the audio recording proves otherwise.
“Getting the chief investigator to say such things in such a phone call really damages this account (the independence of the investigation into the incident),” Juno said, noting that the decision “to isolate him, is an attempt to preserve that account.”
Payam Akhavan, Canadian-Iranian international law professor at McGill University and former United Nations prosecutor in The Hague, also reviewed a transcript of the audio.
Professor Akhavan argues that the audio recording is new evidence that shows that the highest levels of the Iranian government have chosen to keep aircraft filled with passengers flying in the sky during a day full of intense military activity.
“The high leadership of the government ignored the dangers willingly, knowingly and knowingly … It is not just a matter of human oversight or error. It is a matter of criminal recklessness,” he said.
He adds: “Deliberately leaving civilian aircraft in harm’s way, and actually using civilian aircraft as human shields, clearly entails criminal responsibility.”
Immediate contact with the Iranian army
Akhavan also said that the audio recording contained a clear fact that the investigation team was nothing but a face-off to cover up the crime.
Razaykar, who was then head of the Incident Investigation Board of the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, says in the audio recording, that 5 minutes after the crash, he telephoned directly to Iranian military personnel.
Explicit recognition of the killing of the victims
Rezaigar said Amir Ali Haji Zada, commander of the Air Force in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, had confessed that the army had ordered the firing of missiles because of national security concerns.
“I was notified at 6:30 am and called the Revolutionary Guards at 6:35 am. I asked him: Did you launch a missile attack? Hajji answered, saying: Yes, and we have orders to do so. He said there are some considerations of security.” Nationalist in the country. ”
The sound recording is correct
On January 11, the Iranian army admitted that it had shot down the plane in an unintentional accident and blamed a human error, claiming that the plane had been mistakenly bombed as a hostile target.
The recognition came after 3 days of denial and after satellite evidence showed that the plane had been hit by missiles.
Ridhaikar did not respond to a request by CBC News for comment. However, proof of the authenticity of the voice recording includes the use of his name throughout the phone call, in addition to the “CBC News” channel receiving copies of the messages sent from his account on the Instagram application to prepare the phone call.
Threatening a victim’s husband
Rezaiqar made a phone call to Jawad Soleimani (not related to Qasim Soleimani, but rather just the similarity of names), a doctoral student at Edmonton University, who said that Rezaiqar pressured him to remove a publication criticizing the Iranian regime on “Instagram”, where Soleimani criticized The Iranian regime has been openly public since the death of his wife, Nazanabe, in the accident of the Ukrainian plane shot down.
Javad Soleimani, in his post on “Instagram”, wrote that the Iranians will not forget the regime’s crimes against the people. Rezaivar says in his phone call to Soleimani: “Please delete the post on your account [الشخصي] On Instagram. Would you be satisfied that 83 million Iranians were insulted because of this post that only 10 or 12 people hurt you?
Rizaiqar then added to Soleimani whether he believed the Canadian government was “benevolent” and more sympathetic to him. “Are you sure that the whole Canadian government is good and not corrupt?” Radhaikar adds.
Soleimani said that after two days, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry contacted his family members in Iran to put more pressure on them about his behavior on social media. Soleimani continued his talk to “CBC News” saying, “It is ridiculous. They just wanted to threaten me in some way in order to stop criticizing the system on social media because I have a lot of followers on Instagram.”
“They tried to force me to remain silent … but frankly, I have nothing to lose. I told him (to my satisfaction) and told him that I have nothing to lose, so you cannot stop me by just threatening me by phone conversation,” he said.
Juno said it was “totally inappropriate” but rather “absurd” for an investigator responsible for leading investigations into the plane crash to put pressure on a member of the victim’s family in Canada, but it is not surprising at the same time.
“I did not expect the investigations to be independent and so did a few serious analysts,” Juno said, noting that this conversation “basically confirms this. It was neither a smart move nor a good one at all.”
Iranian aggressive behavior is usual
Juno said that Iran is exerting psychological, and often physical, pressure against anyone who opposes the regime, whether at home or abroad.
Juno said that he wanted to know the extent of Rizaiqar’s relationship with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and the Iranian Intelligence Ministry, warning that the details of what Rizaiqar had said in the audio recording may not be accurate, and he was intended to exert pressure on Soleimani.
For her part, Sirine Khoury, press secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois Philippe Champagne, sent a written statement to “CBC News” saying: “Interference with Canadian citizens is completely unacceptable and very worrying and will not be tolerated.”
“The Government of Canada condemns any and all attempts to coerce or pressure Canadians, especially those who suffer from the loss of a family member. The Government of Canada encourages anyone who feels threatened, insecure or vulnerable to contacting local law enforcement authorities.”
More doubts about all of the above
Hamid Ismaili, spokesman for the association that represents the families of Canadian victims, said the recording raises serious concerns about the reports published by the Iranian Civil Aviation Authority about flight 752. It is reported that Ismailis lost his wife, Parisa Igbalian, and their nine-year-old daughter, Rera, in the tragic accident to drop Flight 752.
Ismailis said: “I do not see any difference between Rezaikar and the new investigator. The Iranian Civil Aviation Authority does not have independence. The whole body is [تنسق] It worked closely with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. ”
Iran is expected to publish another report about the crash of the plane before heading to France on July 20 to download and analyze the recorded flight data, according to a letter reported to the families of the victims in the United Kingdom.