POLITICS > First hearing of Mavi Marmara trial begins Tuesday

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The Mavi Marmara trial, known as the largest international trial thanks to citizens from 37 countries participating, will begin tomorrow in Istanbul’s Çağlayan court.

Prosecutors are demanding life sentences for Israel’s former Chief of Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, former Naval Forces Commander Eliezer Alfred Marom, former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlinir and former Air Forces Intelligence head Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi, Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH) Board member Gülden Sönmez said.

Israeli forces killed nine Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla on May 31, 2010. Turkey has repeatedly demanded the country issue an apology and pay compensation for the deaths.


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american american

11/6/2012 1:55:24 PM

what about killers who are given secret witness status by the government?

Michael Johnson

11/6/2012 8:21:16 AM

What standing does this kangaroo court hold in the world? Nothing. This is nothing more than a political sideshow. Pathetic.

Danny B Danny

11/6/2012 12:37:42 AM

mistique holland: being far away from our region doesn't justify your ignorance. but since the Mawi Marmara incident (sent and arranged by AKP therefore they are those to blame for the death), the trade with Israeli doubled. Its true that the warm relations are not same but the private sector and Turkish business men just proving that they are much smarter than their pm Erdogan who stabbed his ally in the back.

Danny B Danny

11/6/2012 12:32:51 AM

Murat: Israel will compensate the terrorists from IHH right after Turkey will compensate the deceased families who were sent to their death on board the vessel Struma with its 781 Jewish passengers and 10 crew members during WWII. We did not forget that the ship towed to the sea with no engine no anchors no food no water. Contrary to the IHH those Jews did not provoked nobody , were not violent , their only crime was their efforts to rescue their families.. You should have a real stoned heart

Danny B Danny

11/6/2012 12:24:50 AM

Those who should be brought to trial are those who were responsible for sending the ship toward Gaza-AKP and PM Erdogan. from the 1st moment he pushed supported the IHH terrorists, assisted , incited and stabbed Israel his ally in the Med in the back for entering the Arabian countries. This new Napoleon was guilty and its same as the son who killed his parents and asked for compensation for being an orphan. All this trial is a show for the Turkish public whom start forgetting about the Marmara

Aryeh Rapaport

11/5/2012 9:57:10 PM

Such a trial is a declaration of war against Israel. Its clear Turkish objective, strategy & interest was economic. Turks wanted to break ties with Israel because it didnt make sense for it to sell 7mm people as appose to over 300mm Muslims. More Turks will die if they support terrorism, death of Jews. It should be clear to Turks this is another step forward for a larger Islamic objective of destruction of Israel something Israel will not let. Turks should know they too will suffer...

umar farooq

11/5/2012 8:17:58 PM

If turkey had killed 7 israelis in a similar incident, by now Security Council would have passed many resolutions against Turkey. You would have been likened to the rogue states.

Uri D.

11/5/2012 7:47:29 PM

The UN Palmer report has decisively determined that the Israeli blockade was legal and therefore, trial to break that blockade is illegal. Moreover, all knows that AKP helped IHH hooligans to arrange this provocative and violent flotilla. Turkey plays a dangerous game that will fail and will further darken Turkey's image.

mistique holland

11/5/2012 7:40:12 PM

@Speckels, and when Israël is expecting to even do business again with Turkey without apologies and compensation I suggest that they should not hold their breath...same goes for your!!!


11/5/2012 6:45:35 PM

Justice is demanded and needed. As long as killers go around with medals, this will not be forgotten or forgiven. Too late for apologies and compensations.
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