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February 06, 2020 Salam Toronto Weekly English 79 Husband of Iran plane crash victim seeks answers, justice from investigation By Mia Rabson Ottawa - The husband of one of the victims who died when a Ukrainian jetliner was shot down by the Iranian military last month wants the people, he says ordered his wife’s death, to be charged and tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Hassan Shadkhoo has been barely able to sleep since his wife, Sheyda, was killed along with 175 others when her plane crashed minutes after takeoff from Tehran on January 8. Several days later, Iran admitted its military mistook the passenger jet for hostile aircraft amid tensions with the U.S. Sheyda Shadkhoo was 41 when she died, returning to Canada after visiting her mother in Iran. She worked as a chemist at a firm in Markham, Ontario, that tests products to ensure they meet government standards. Hassan Shadkhoo spent two weeks in Iran after the crash, where he buried his wife next to her father at her family’s request. He was already at the airport in Istanbul when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada had intelligence the plane was brought down by a missile. Shadkhoo began sobbing as he heard and immediately said it was not an accident, something he still believes today. He said he had no nerves flying in and out of the same airport because dying was not one of his concerns. “At this point I have nothing to lose,” he “Will the prime minister of Canada vow to do this no matter who the perpetrators are,” he said. Shadkhoo says he wants a thorough investigation into the possibility the plane was targeted deliberately. Canada has been invited by Iran to participate to some extent in the investigation which thus far is moving very slowly. The Canadian Press said in an interview with The Canadian Press, shortly after he returned to Canada. He does have a lot of questions and a lot of anger. He said he wants it made clear he is speaking out on his own behalf, not “for my beloved Sheyda” or her family, who live in Iran. Shadkhoo said the Iranian regime is criminal, but he says he puts the full blame for what happened on the U.S. He also doesn’t believe anyone in the Iranian military accidentally mistook a civilian plane for anything else. Shadkhoo said the Canadian government and the Italian embassy in Tehran were very helpful and supportive while he was in Iran. Canada hasn’t had a diplomatic presence in Iran since 2012, and through the Italians help Canada provides consular assistance to Canadians there when needed. But now he wants Trudeau to condemn the crash as an act of terrorism and vow to prosecute those responsible at the ICC. Sheyda Shadkhoo had been in Iran visiting her mother and was headed back to Toronto when the plane went down. Instead of returning home, her husband headed to Tehran to retrieve her remains.

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