Turks deny Turkel C'tee's request to question Marmara capt.

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September 15, 2010 14:16

 
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Turkey denied the Turkel Committee's request to hear testimony from the captain of the Mavi Marmara, Channel Two reported on Wednesday. The Turkel Committee is investigating the May 31 raid of the Turkish flotilla ship the Mavi Marmara in which nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed while attempting to break Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.

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

The Turks also emphasized that the flotilla incident will not be over until Israel apologizes for killing nine Turkish activists during the raid and pays their families reparations. Israel claims its soldiers were attacked by the activists and acted in self defense.

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