Israeli soldier charged with looting Turkish ship

By AP,
September 3, 2010 14:52

Soldier allegedly stole laptop computers from the "Mavi Marmara," and sold them to other soldiers.

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The Mavi Marmara ship, aboard which Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla took place on May

Mavi Marmara 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

The Israeli military says a soldier has been charged with looting the lead ship in a Gaza blockade-busting flotilla stopped by Israeli naval commandos in a bloody raid at the end of May.

The military said in a statement that the soldier is accused of stealing equipment from the Mavi Marmara ship after it was towed to an Israeli port. The statement late Thursday said the soldier's actions "directly contradict the Israeli military's moral standards."

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The soldier was arrested by Military Police in August, along with a number of other soldiers and an officer for stealing laptop computers from the Mavi Marmara.

The officer, who holds the rank of first lieutenant, allegedly stole between four and six computers aboard the ships that were stopped by the Israeli Navy on May 31 as they tried breaking the Israeli-imposed sea blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The officer then allegedly sold the computers to another soldier who sold them to friends of his. The story was first revealed on Ynet.

News of the investigation was a cause of great embarrassment for the IDF which has worked hard in recent months to stave off criticism of the Navy command raid which resulted in nine dead Turkish nationals and a slew of domestic and international investigations.


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