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Report: Turkish Prosecutor Seeks Interpol Notice for Flotilla Attackers

Eight Turks and a Turkish-American were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship that was part of an international humanitarian aid flotilla which tried to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza in May of last year.

Israeli war crime suspects
Former Israeli military chief, Gabi Ashkenazi (L), ex-Naval Forces Commander, Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom (C), and Amos Yadlin, the former head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate (seen in this file photo) are on the Turkish prosecutor's list. Courtesy: Press TV

(ISTANBUL) - İstanbul Public Prosecutor Mehmet Akif Ekinci, the prosecutor conducting the investigation into the deadly flotilla attack, had reportedly written to the Turkish Justice Ministry, requesting Interpol red notices for the 174 Israeli soldiers and commanders.

The report also said the İstanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office had earlier written to Israeli authorities requesting the full names and residential addresses of the military and government officials who gave the orders to attack the flotilla, in addition to information about those who carried out the orders.

Israel refused to provide the information, so the prosecutor asked the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) to share any intelligence information it has so far collected about the Israeli raid.

The report said MİT obtained information on the identities of the Israeli soldiers who killed eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American in last year's flotilla raid, identifying almost all of the soldiers who took part in the deadly raid through Facebook.

The report says a total of 174 people, including the soldiers who are thought to have taken part in the raid and those who ordered the attack, were ranked by the prosecutor according to their level of responsibility for the raid.

A diagram was then sent to Israeli authorities through the Turkish Justice Ministry for confirmation, but Tel Aviv did not respond to the confirmation request, the daily said. Bugün adds that following this development, the prosecutor took action for the arrest of the 174 Israelis and applied to the Justice Ministry.

The İstanbul Prosecutor's Office, however, had earlier denied reports that Ekinci asked MİT to identify Israeli soldiers and commanders involved in the attack and said the list of Israelis -- reportedly prepared as a result of a Facebook search -- was drawn up by the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH), the Turkish charity that owned the raided ship.

Eight Turks and a Turkish-American were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship that was part of an international humanitarian aid flotilla which tried to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza in May of last year.

A United Nations report about the raid, released last month, stated that activists on board the Mavi Marmara had attacked the raiding naval commandos. It went on to describe the blockade of Gaza as legitimate, although it also accused Israel of using disproportionate force against activists.

Turkey rejected the report's findings, saying it would never recognize the blockade's legitimacy and insisted on an Israeli apology as well as compensation for the deaths as a precondition for the normalization of a relationship once seen as a cornerstone of regional stability.

Turkish-Israeli tensions have continued to escalate since then, with Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan saying last month Turkish warships could be sent to the Eastern Mediterranean at any time and that Israel cannot do whatever it wants there. Turkey has also downgraded diplomatic ties with Israel and suspended all military agreements.

Originally published here: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-259727-report-turkish-prosecutor-seeks-interpol-notice-for-flotilla-attackers.html

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Anonymous October 14, 2011 5:04 am (Pacific time)

Well, no one can just float in to other peoples Country. There is something like the Immigration on the airports. Especially when it comes to terrorists like these people, invading a Country. Every Country has the right to defend themselves. Off course the US is different, we let all the junk inside of our Country. Oh well

Editor:  You probably would not understand because you are not the same type of person as those aboard the Mavi Marmara.  They are people who can't stand what the Israelis are doing to the people in Gaza.  They are particularly troubled by the impact of Israel's daily war crimes against children.  These are people who stick up for the voiceless, the downtrodden.  It is they who had the balls to try to reach Gaza knowing what would happen to their lives, their futures.  In my opinion, and not just because two of my friends were aboard that ship that night, those activists aboard the Mavi Marmara are what makes life worth living.   

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