Turkel C'tee asks Turkish embassy to provide witnesses

Internal investigation of Gaza flotilla sends open invitation for passengers, crew to testify; Turkish embassy yet to respond.

October 17, 2010 19:10
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TURKEL. Probing the flotilla fiasco.

Turkel Committee 311. (photo credit: GPO)

The Turkel Committe, tasked with investigating the events of the the Mavi Marmara raid which left nine Turkish activists dead in May, issued an open invitation on Sunday for passengers and crew to testify.

A letter requesting help in building a list of prospective witnesses who were on the ship was sent to the Turkish embassy by the committee, a spokesman said Tuesday.

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"We are aware that there are issues which arise regarding arranging such testimony, and would be happy to work with the embassy and with the Turkish authorities ... to overcome any such obstacles," the spokesman quoted the letter as saying.

The Turkish embassy did not release an immediate response to the letter.

The Turkel Committee previously asked the Turkish embassy to help locate the Mavi Marmara captain so he could be invited to testify, however Turkey denied the request.

Turkey formed its own committee to investigate the flotilla incident which has already heard testimony from the Mavi Marmara's captain and crew. The Turks already sent the committee's findings to the UN and expressed that Israel can look at the testimony of the captain contained within the existing report if they believe it can aid their investigation.

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