Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Tuesday that the Foreign Ministry's legal department is checking the possibility that the four former Israeli military commanders indicted in Turkey for their role in the Mavi Marmara raid could be arrested if they enter countries which have extradition agreements with Turkey.
The indictment seeks nine counts of aggravated life imprisonment for former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, OC Israel Navy V.-Adm. Eliezer Marom, former Military Intelligence head Amos Yadlin and former IAF intelligence head Brig.-Gen. Avishai Levy.
Speaking in an interview with Channel 10, Ayalon said that he was doubtful that the indictments would endanger the freedom of the former Israeli commanders in other countries. "They probably cannot visit Turkey, but I believe they can visit other countries. This seems more of a political step than a legal step," he said.
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