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This file photo shows Pro-Palestinian activists greeting Mavi Marmara ship. DAILY NEWS photo

This file photo shows Pro-Palestinian activists greeting Mavi Marmara ship. DAILY NEWS photo

A Turkish court has formally pressed charges against members of Israel’s military for the killing of nine people aboard the Mavi Marmara in 2010, demanding nine consecutive life terms for four commanders.

A court in Istanbul voted unanimously yesterday to approve an indictment against Israel’s former military
chief, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, along with the heads of its Navy, Air Force and military intelligence, the Associated Press reported. It has said they face nine consecutive life terms in prison for “inciting to kill monstrously, and by torturing.”

At the same time, the court demanded between 8,578 and 18,032 years in prison for the commanders for a host of other crimes related to the 2010 incident, in which nine Turkish activists were killed.

The commanders are unlikely to stand trial in Turkey, but the court might issue an order for their arrest if they are convicted in absentia, Anatolia news agency reported.

The date for the trial has not yet been announced, but it will be held in the absence of the accused as Israel has ruled out any prosecution of those who took part in the attack. The 144-page indictment called for nine life sentences to be given to each of the four commanders, including Ashkenazi, the former commander-in-chief of the Israeli Navy, Eliezer Marom; the former chief of Israeli military intelligence, Amos Yadlin; and the former intelligence chief of the Israeli Air Force, Avishai Lavy, for their involvement in the raid.

The ex-commanders are also accused of “attempted murder” for the wounds that put another activist, Oğuz Süleyman Söylemez, into a persistent vegetative state. Nine Turks were killed by Israeli commandos aboard an aid flotilla that was attempting to break a blockade on Gaza.


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Tomas Rivera

5/30/2012 10:04:52 AM

@Victor So, since 1947 Israel has been ethnically cleansing Palestinians? Wow, those Israelis make the Keystone Cops look like the Bolshoi. 65 Years and they still can't get it done, ey? Makes you wonder why they keep so many Palestinian Arabs inside the state and in their Parliament... Since Erdogan, Turkey has gone from "Zero-Problems" foreign policy to: Iraq, Iran, Israel, Syria, France, Russia, Armenia, Greek Cyprus, . . am I missing anyone else...

Zareh Sahakian

5/29/2012 10:20:10 PM

It's not the length of time that's important in punishing the accused. But after 18,000 years has passed will the offenders be rehabilitated enough to not repeat the crimes?

Chas Spencer

5/29/2012 9:43:20 PM

@L.Uziel-You are obscuring the issue by the issue by using the term "International Community" So far Israel rejected the language of UN Commission & it had to be rewritten to please Israel, some impartial commission! An International court only affirmed Israel's right to impose blockade for own security but never passed a judgment on legality or morality of the killings. In any case, a sovereign State of Turkey has perfect right and moral obligation to judge murder of her Citizens on High Seas.

VMT Ankara

5/29/2012 8:49:10 PM

Israeli Zionist were responsible for the following terrorist acts: the systematic ethnic cleansing of Palestinians since 1947, murdering their men, women & children, bulldozing their homes, stealing their lands & water; the attack on the USS Liberty in 6/1967 where they murdered 34 Navy sailors & wounded 140 others; the brutal murder of Rachel Corrie, a US activist who was deliberately run over by a bulldozer driven by an IDF soldier; and, the slaughter onboard the Mavi Marmara. Hang them all.

john albay

5/29/2012 8:43:35 PM

@Peter Kypros. The Turkish army did not commit any crimes they came to save us from the greek cypriots who were busy killing us,so praise the Turkish military.The Turkish army did NOT invade they interviened to save us. Please stop your lies and fact twisting! It is a crime to go with a mob into a military border area when as you know a shoot to kill policy is installed and the fool was warned as were the mob to clear off and he was shot. Dont mess with the Turkish army!

Rimon Tree

5/29/2012 8:17:26 PM

@ Mystique You seem to be a bit hard of getting things right! I do not dislike neither Turks nor Turkey, contrary, but I profoundly dislike the esteemed AKP government and its pathological behaviour on every possible front. And which paper I red and which comments I make is my decision completely, you may argue against me but you won't be able to silence me. And instead of taking refuge to insults you shoudl try to use your brains and maybe get them free of prejudices against certain ethnics.

Blue Beyond

5/29/2012 8:14:30 PM

@mistique holland, in my country, Canada, your comments would be considered hate that is contrary to our Human Rights Act and you would be prosecuted. Think before you betray your ignorance to the world. Your national chauvenism is a long way from justice. The matter of the Mavi Marmara has been considered according to the law and you are wrong. Your government was criticized as part of the legal considerations for abetting an unnecessarily provocative act.

Tomas Rivera

5/29/2012 8:07:35 PM

How transparent Erdogan is.... Nevermind that Turkey ok'd the provocative floatilla in the first place (even though the UN panel deemed deemed it LEGAL), but nothing will stop his march to create an Islamic State of Turkey. Why did the Israelis board all the other floatilla ships peacefully and guide the goods through Ashdod to Gaza, but, somehow, only the IHH boat was targeted? I feel sorry for the educated, wonderful Turkish citizens who steadily descending to Sharia . . buh bye

Lior Uziel

5/29/2012 7:46:37 PM

I see a lot of Prejudice and stereotypes vs. Jews in many comments here... It saddens me as this is pure racism, used to demonize and justify any biased decisions and actions against that race. You should ask yourselves if you are not biased vs. Israel. Take additional cases to measure your objectiveness... Tens of thousands were murdered since the Marmara's incident (Libyans, Syrians, etc...). Have you reacted in such a manner to their death as well?

Lior Uziel

5/29/2012 7:05:17 PM

Isn't the international court good enough? Does this mean Turkey doesn't recognize the legitimacy of the international community to judge international issues? Who will support such a decision? I think no western country will....
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