IHH submits list of IDF soldiers involved in 'Marmara' raid

Lawyer for group that organized Gaza flotilla says soldiers' names passed onto Istanbul prosecutor after calls to obtain specific information.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 9, 2011 18:12
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Israeli commandos raid Mavi Marmara

Mavi Marmara Raid 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A lawyer for the Turkish based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) said Friday he had submitted a list of the soldiers involved in the Mavi Marmara raid to Turkish prosecutors. 

"We have presented a list of Israeli soldiers who gave the order for and who were involved in the attack on the Turkish flotilla to the Istanbul prosecutor's office," Ramazan Ariturk, lawyer for the group that organized the Gaza flotilla said.

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"Currently we are waiting for the prosecutor's office to issue an order for arrest," he added.

The  move came as the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office appealed to the Turkish Intelligence Organization (MİT) in order to obtain information on the identities of the IDF soldiers who were involved in the raid which left nine Turks dead in May of last year, Turkish newspaper Zaman reported on Friday.

According the paper, an affirmative answer from MİT would allow the prosecutor to open court cases against Israeli officials including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.- Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi , and the soldiers involved in the raid.

The charges would include the “willful murder and torture” and “limiting freedom” of the passengers, the paper reported.

Meanwhile, Turkish officials on Friday denied reports that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's north African tour would include a visit to the Gaza Strip.

A diplomat in Ankara said "Turkey doesn’t want to enrage the Egyptian authorities."


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