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Turkish court charges senior IDF officials over Gaza flotilla deaths

Turkish judges approve demand for a sentence of a combined 18.000
years for former IDF chief of staff and other officers allegedly
responsible for deaths aboard the Mavi Marmara cruise ship in 2010.


By
Barak Ravid




May.28, 2012
3:40 PM



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A Turkish court on Monday formally pressed charges against
members of Israel's military for the killing of nine people aboard a
Turkish ship trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza in 2010, Turkey's
state-run news agency said.


The court in Istanbul voted unanimously to approve an indictment
against Israel's former military chief Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, along
with the former heads of its navy, air force intelligence, and military
intelligence, Eliezer Marom, Amos Yadlin, and Avishai Levi, the
Anadolu Agency said. They face nine consecutive life terms in prison for
"inciting to kill monstrously, and by torturing," the agency added.


It is unlikely Israeli military members will be brought before Turkey's
judicial system, since Israel does not regard them as criminals. If
they are convicted in absentia at the end of the trial process, which
could take months if not years, the Turkish court could issue an order
for their arrest, but such a move would be symbolic and not binding.


A week ago, the Turkish newspaper “Sabah” first reported the upcoming
indictments; however Israeli officials refused to comment on the reports
until they were endorsed by the Turkish government, or until the
indictments were delivered to the court.


The move comes just a few days ahead of the second anniversary of the
May 31 raid. The ship had been part of a flotilla sailing toward Gaza to
protest Israel's blockade.


The court also agreed to press charges against several unidentified
soldiers who raided the ship, the Turkish news agency said. No trial
date has been set. Turkey has tried without success to get Israel to
apologize for the attack, and to compensate those killed as a
precondition for normalizing relations. Israel has solely expressed
regret for the loss of lives.


Israel says its troops opened fire after coming under attack by
activists wielding axes, knives and metal rods. It says soldiers
rappelled on to the deck armed with non-lethal paintball guns as their
primary weapons, and only resorted to using handguns after they were
assaulted.


The indictment rejected Israeli claims that Israeli commandos who
boarded the Mavi Marmara acted in self defense, saying that Israeli
commandos used disproportional force by firing with heavy weapons and
automatic rifles on passengers who only carried "plastic flag masts,
spoons, and forks."

The indictment said some of the victims were shot dead from close range and from the back, the agency reported earlier.


According to Turkish news agencies, nine life sentences were demanded -
one for each of the casualties aboard the Mavi Marmara – as part of the
indictment, which calls for a combined 18,000 years of imprisonment for
the four former officers, punishment for crimes committed during the
raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla. The indictment includes 490 victims and
complainants, among them 189 were injured during the raid.


The charges against members of the Israeli military, included
commandeering vehicles, voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder,
persecution and causing damage to the ship, the agency said Monday.


A United Nations probe into the incident found Israel's naval blockade
of Gaza legally imposed "as a legitimate security measure" but added
that the killing of eight Turkish activists and a Turkish-American was
"unacceptable."


Turkey has rejected the report's findings, saying Israel had no right
to raid the ship in international waters and said it would never
recognize the blockade's legitimacy.


Turkey has also slapped a series of sanctions on Israel, once a top
military trading partner, which included expelling senior Israeli
diplomats and suspending all military deals. It has also vowed to back
the Palestinian bid for recognition of their statehood at the United
Nations.
http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/turkish-court-charges-senior-idf-officials-over-gaza-flotilla-deaths-1.432983


Added: May-29-2012 Occurred On: May-29-2012
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  • 18,0000 years, if the Turks were really hardass they should have sentenced them to 75,000 years with no possibility of parole. But I notice the Turks haven't tried to repeat their folly.

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  • HAHAHAHAAAAHHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAAHHAHAHAAAA!!
    Shitly hoballs, you stupid bastards..
    I'm SURE the Israelis will be falling all over themselves to extradite
    the IDF Officers & Generals who made those decisions..
    About the same time a Louisiana Pork BBQ place opens up in Mecca...

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    • @hedgehog I have arabic friends who say that a lot of arabs feel the same way about Pakistani/Afghani muslims. Because the madrasa's only teach enough arabic to read the koran, many gulf arabs don't consider Pakistan/Afghani (and other non-arab) muslims to be 'real' muslims.

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    • @zango1
      Most Muslims despise the Arab Gulf for their persecution of migrant workers and working with the enemy, the US and Israel.

      As well as their gluttony and hedonistic behaviour and contempt for Islam

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    • @hedgehog
      Not true, at all, Middle East muslims see a shining light in Turkey in terms of its economic, military, and cultural prowess

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    • @FUCK_S0PA I'd agree with most of that except the treatment of migrant workers.

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    • @zango1
      Most Muslims see the Gulf Arabs giving Islam a bad name considering what Islam says about paying the wage of a worker before his sweat dries

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  • Turkish court.
    That's a good one.

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  • This puts the US in an interesting position.
    Turkey is an important Allie as Israel, sooo awkwarddddd.

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  • LOL how many killed in Syria last 24 Hours... and they still go on about this after losing in world court.

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  • like Israel gives a shit. This just shows Turkey for what it is. Another BS ISlamic shithole that should NEVER be allowed to join the EU

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  • turkish courts make even smoother laws than the international courts, smooth laws to shove up their asses because no one really gives a flying turd... no one but FUCK_SOPA the bitch.

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  • i wonder if the turkish courts will go after their own after the findings of human rights violations in cyprus

    http://www.kypros.org/Cyprus_Problem/Turkish-Atrocities.html

    what about the big land grab by turkey in cyprus that the world denounced

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Cyprus

    Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)..Recognised only by Turkey, Northern Cyprus is considered by the international community to be occupied territory of the Republic of Cyprus.

    then theres the kurd More..

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  • Don't break a lawful blockade and you won't get your ass handed to you.

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