Iran says Mahan Air passengers can sue US military in its courts

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Iran’s judiciary has stated passengers of the nation’s Mahan Air aircraft “harassed” by a US fighter jet over Syria can sue the “terrorist” United States navy for damages within the Iranian courts.

Iranian media on Friday stated a number of passengers on the flight heading from Tehran to Beirut had been injured on Thursday after the pilot quickly modified altitude to keep away from collision with the US jet.

“All passengers on Mahan Air Flight 1152, Iranians and non-Iranian, can sue the terrorist US military – commanders, perpetrators, supervisors and deputies – in Iranian courts for moral and physical damages,” Ali Bagheri-Kani, head of the judiciary’s human rights workplace, was quoted as saying by the semi-official ILNA information company.

He stated complainants may additionally take a world authorized route via the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations company that oversees worldwide civil aviation agreements.

The US navy stated its F-15 was at a protected distance and the fighter was conducting a visible inspection of the airliner because it handed near the Tanf garrison in Syria, home to US forces.

The judiciary official stated Iranian courts comply with legal guidelines that take care of human rights violations and “adventurist and terrorist acts of the United States in the region”.

It was not clear if any passenger would sue the US navy. Iran stated on Friday it had lodged a grievance with the ICAO, calling the incident a “flagrant violation” of the worldwide legislation.

The incident was the most recent in tensions between Tehran and Washington since President Donald Trump withdrew the US in 2018 from Iran’s nuclear take care of six powers and reimposed sanctions which have battered Iran’s financial system.

Footage of the within of the airliner broadcast by Iranian state tv on Friday confirmed a passenger mendacity motionless on the ground and one other with a wounded nostril and brow.

A passenger with blood working down his brow and one other who had fallen to the ground had been seen within the video, which additionally confirmed a jet passing via the window.

Data from the flight recorded by web site FlightRadar24.com confirmed the Mahan Air aircraft climbing from 34,000 ft to 34,600 ft in lower than two minutes across the time of the incident, after which dropping again to 34,000 ft inside a minute.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information companies