The family of a graduate student killed when Iran shot down a commercial plane two months ago has fled to Canada, alleging they were being threatened by authorities.
The mother, father, brother and aunt of Amir Hossein Saeedinia, a University of Alberta student who died in the Iranian missile attack, arrived in Edmonton last Friday seeking refugee status.
The Canadian government facilitated their arrival by quickly issuing visas to them in Ankara, Turkey, said Reza Akbari, president of the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton, on Wednesday.
The aunt, Fatima Latifi, told Global News the family had been targeted by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for speaking out about the Jan. 8 downing of the Ukraine International Airlines flight.
“I started sending videos and photos to networks outside of Iran,” said Latifi. “But I was threatened with arrest by the IRGC intelligence and I was taken to the IRGC intelligence.”
“We were constantly under surveillance and pressure.”
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