The heartbroken mother of a teenager who was drugged and raped on holiday has issued a serious warning to young people to be wary of dangerous predators.
Julie Crowe, 18, was on holiday in Zante, Greece, with her friends last summer when she was targeted.
Already Mahdieh Ghassemi, 38, from Toronto, had received a text message from Nitin Malhotra, her worried boss back home. “Have a safe flight,” he said.
Mr Malhotra, who runs an architectural practice, told Canadian television that he had tried to persuade his colleague not to go to Iran. Her husband, Hamid Niazi, had stayed in Canada, but she wanted to take her children, Arsam, 11, and Arnica, 8, to visit the “old country”. They, like everyone else on board, died.
Iran earlier today said that it is ‘opening’ the plane’s black boxes but has indicated it will not allow the US government to analyse their contents.
Washington and its allies believe that the plane was shot down by two Iranian surface-to-air missiles which were launched and detected by satellites just minutes after the airliner took off.
“The military was at its highest level of readiness” amid the heightened tensions with the US, it said, adding: “In such a condition, because of human error and in a unintentional way, the flight was hit.”
The military apologised for the disaster and said it would upgrade its systems to prevent such mistakes in the future. The responsible parties would be referred to a judicial department within the military and held accountable, it said.
The attacks hurt no Americans but on the same night, a civilian airliner came down near Tehran’s airport, killing around 180 people.
A series of western countries have accused Iran of shooting the plane down by accident, something Iran has denied.