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Turkish court orders arrest of four Israeli generals over Mavi Marmara
hurriyet daily news ^ | May/26/2014

Posted on 05/26/2014 9:14:39 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

A Turkish court has ordered the arrest of four Israeli commanders who were allegedly involved in the raid on the the Mavi Marmara aid ship off Gaza in 2010.

The Istanbul 7th Court of Serious Crimes also decided May 26 to request an Interpol Red Notice for the arrest of former Israeli Chief of Staff, Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, former Naval Forces Cmdr. Eliezer Alfred Marom, former Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlinir and former Air Forces Intelligence head Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi, who are all being tried in absentia.

The court argued that an arrest warrant had become necessary for the legal procedure as the defendants had neither attended the trial nor responded to an invitation sent to them through the related department of the Turkish Justice Ministry.

No one at the Israeli embassy in Ankara was immediately available for comment.

An Israeli official, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, described the court’s decision as a "ridiculous provocation." "If this is the message that the Turks want to send to Israel, it was perfectly well understood," said the official, declining to elaborate further on what this meant for the reconciliation process.

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying “the judiciary process is ongoing” and “the ruling is being examined by law experts.”

During the May 26 hearing, Bülent Yıldırım, the head of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (İHH), which owns the Mavi Marmara, said the complainants "expect justice to be served."

"The court still hasn’t reached a verdict. As far as I see, things are being postponed because of reports about a deal [between Turkey and Israel]," Yıldırım said.

Turkish prosecutors have demanded life sentences for the four for their role in the raid, following a complaint filed by 33 relatives of the Turkish citizens who were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara.

The court pressed formal charges in May 2012 with the first trial held in November 2012. Lawyers overseeing the case criticized the recent reconciliation process between Turkey and Israel last week.

Ten killed

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

The assault sparked widespread condemnation and provoked a major diplomatic crisis between the two countries.

Ankara expelled the Israeli ambassador, demanded a formal apology and compensation, and an end to the blockade on the Gaza Strip – which is ruled by Hamas, a Palestinian militant group.

İHH, together with the victims’ families, brought a criminal case against the four Israeli ex-military chiefs after the maritime assault.

An Israeli probe ruled that the raid did not violate international law, in a finding that Turkey said lacked credibility.

Talks on compensation began in March 2013 after Israel extended a formal apology to Turkey in a breakthrough brokered by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause, said in April he was prepared to normalize ties with Israel.

Authorities had recently said they were close to a deal that would see Israel pay compensation for the deaths, but Tel Aviv said this was conditional on the lawsuits against its soldiers being dropped.

“We will not drop the lawsuits. We believe criminals must be put on trial,” Serkan Nergis, a spokesman for the İHH, told AFP. “Even if we do give up, victims’ families will not.”

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel
KEYWORDS: 201005; 201211; 201303; apology; erdogan; ihh; israel; mavimarmara; obama; palestinians; turkey

1 posted on 05/26/2014 9:14:39 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Turks can go pound sand.

2 posted on 05/26/2014 9:17:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

That’s gonna cause a rash....

3 posted on 05/26/2014 9:19:22 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissinger)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Try to break a legal blockade of a terrorist lead territory, reap the rewards.  Israel 1 / Turkey 0

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4 posted on 05/26/2014 9:31:18 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: DeaconBenjamin

A Turkish ‘court’ v. four Jewish Generals. It would appear the Turkish Marsupial Magistrates never heard what Jackson said regarding Justice Marshall.

Popcorn time!


5 posted on 05/26/2014 9:50:55 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
I'm gonna start my own BDS movement against Turkey, after all, as the progs say "change starts with me"

SAY NO TO BOMONO /s I know, this stuff is NOT made in Turkey, just trying to illustrate how ignorant and dumb the left can be. the company was founded in Coney Island by a Sephardic Jew.
6 posted on 05/26/2014 9:55:58 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Well, this should put a definite crimp in any plans those Israelis had for a vacation in Turkey...

7 posted on 05/26/2014 9:58:37 AM PDT by jaydee770
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Turkey’s ruler invades Israeli territory in an extremely provocative fashion, too, and then complains when Ankara isn’t bombed or simply eliminated in response?

what foolish people rule Turkey today
complete fools

pray for the good Turkish people who have such dangerous (to them) leadership

8 posted on 05/26/2014 10:00:51 AM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..)d)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

The “flotilla” should have been sunk in international waters.

Aiding terrorists who murder civilians every chance they get is an act of war. Gaza had elections, and they “freely” elected a terrorist group to power, a group who proclaims that they WANT Jews to collect in Israel, so they will not have to hunt us down throughout the world. Their immediate goal is the destruction of the State of Israel, but their “final solution” is the extermination of the Jewish people.

Israel did make a mistake, by allowing any survivors from this “flotilla.”


9 posted on 05/26/2014 10:02:03 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: dfwgator

This can rebound IF Turkey has some kind of agreements with the EU; it would mean they could demand warrants be enforced if any of those generals visit an EU country.

Turkey isn’t a member of the EU yet; but they may try and argue for such enforcement anyway.

(Many Israelis have to be careful where they travel, because of warrants issued by one court or another.)

10 posted on 05/26/2014 10:26:48 AM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Gee, go get em.

Maybe they won’t raise an army with the men of Gilead.

11 posted on 05/26/2014 10:37:20 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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Israel needs to issue an order for the arrest of every Turkish POS involved in both the terrorist support ship and this joke of an order including all Turkish POS prosecutors and judges involved.

The second order should be followed by one to the Mossad.

12 posted on 05/26/2014 11:35:30 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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