prepares indictments against four top IDF commanders involved in Marmara
raid, Sabah newspaper reports. Gabi Ashkenazi, three others to be
charged with first degree murder
A Turkish prosecutor
has prepared an indictment seeking life sentences for four former
Israeli military commanders over their alleged involvement in the 2010
killing of nine Turks on a Gaza-bound aid ship,
Turkish newspaper Sabah reported on Wednesday. No other source has confirmed the report.
Sabah said it had seen details of the indictment prepared by Istanbul
state prosecutor Mehmet Akif Ekinci and that it called for 10 life
sentences to be given to each of the four commanders. It said the
Istanbul chief prosecutor must approve the indictment before it is sent
to the relevant court.Turkish Foreign
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed the report Wednesday. "Turkey is
committed to protecting its citizens' rights both on the national and
international levels," he told a New York press conference.
Davutoglu noted he was briefed about the indictments by the Turkish
justice minister and stressed that Ankara will continue to demand
Israel's apology for the killing of nine Turks, regardless of the legal
The indictment was reported to accuse Israel's former Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi,
former Navy commander Eli Marom, former Air Force official Avishai
Levy and former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin all involved in
the raid and refers to them as "fugitive suspects", Sabah reported.
The charges include first degree murder, assault and torture.
The 144-page indictment, it said, had been prepared after testimony
from some 600 people, including 490 passengers from the six-ship
flotilla and relatives of those who had died.
the Turkish prime minister's office, the foreign and justice ministries
and the intelligence service had also helped the prosecutor draw up the
indictment, it said.
indictment suggests that should the four arrive in Turkey they would be
immediately arrested. Sabah said that Turkey is demanding 10 life
sentences (and not nine, for the nine activists who were killed) because
one of the victims has been in a coma since the raid.
In the indictment's third part which details Turkey's relations with
the Jews throughout history, the prosecutor notes that the Ottomans took
in the Jews that were expelled from Spain and that Turkey had accepted
Jews during the Holocaust and saved some 20,000 Jews from death camps by
issuing them passports. Based on this he concluded that Israel owes its
very existence to the Turkish republic.
In: Other Middle East
Tags: Gaza, flotilla, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, raid, massacre, war crime, apology, ties
Location: Turkey (load item map)
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