'Turks planning flotilla court case'

Ankara, Hamas reportedly pushing to bring Israel before ICJ.

June 10, 2010 16:30
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Marmara passengers prepare for IDF raid

mavi marmara passengers 311. (photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)


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Turkey and Hamas will collaborate to bring those behind Israel's raid of the Gaza aid flotilla to justice in the International Court of Justice at the Hague, reported the English Arabic language daily Asharq al-Awsat on Thursday.

The agreement to work together against Israel reportedly came in a Thursday telephone conversation between Turkey's justice minister, Sadullah Ergin and his Hamas counterpart,
Muhammad Faraj Al-Ghoul.

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There are also reports that the retired German law professor and member of parliament, Norman Paech, who was on board the Mavi Marmara at the time of the raid, is planning to file a lawsuit in Germany.

The object of these efforts is to bring Israel in front of the International Court of Justice in the Hague, which is usually unfriendly to Israel. 

According to a report in the Turkish paper Zaman, the Turk's will first try to get the Security Council to refer the case to the court and, if that fails, will try to pursue the matter through Turkish courts.  The Turks are reportedly hampered by the fact that neither Israel nor Turkey recognize the court's jurisdiction, however a mechanism exists for inter-state issues to come before the court.

The IDF has appointed a committee to investigate the raid on the Mavi Marmara, which is due to report back by 4 July 2010.  The committee is to focus on the poor intelligence that preceded the raid.

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