facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Turkey to try Israelis over flotilla raid

Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:39 PM   |   Comments

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Four Israeli officers are facing trial in absentia for the raid of the Turkish Mavi Marmara flotilla that resulted in the deaths of nine Turks, officials say.

The officers could face life in prison if convicted in a Turkish court, Today's Zaman reported.

The 144-page indictment names Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, Naval Forces commander Vice Adm. Eliezer Marom, Israel's military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin and Air Forces Intelligence head Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi as defendants.

In May 2010, the Israeli Navy attacked an international aid flotilla, killing eight Turkish nationals and one Turkish American who were trying to break an Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Turkey has called the attack a violation of international law "tantamount to banditry and piracy" and described the killings of activists as "state-sponsored terrorism."

Turkey said it was "surprised, appalled and dismayed that the national inquiry process in Israel has resulted in the exoneration of the Israeli armed forces."

Ankara has called for an official apology from Israel for the raid.

The trial of the military officers is set to begin in the Istanbul 7th High Criminal Court on Tuesday.

Topics: Amos Yadlin
© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin
2
Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder
3
China overhauls legal system, at least on paper China overhauls legal system, at least on paper
4
Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student
5
NATO intercepts Russian spy plane NATO intercepts Russian spy plane
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback