Soldiers suspected of flotilla theft

IDF arrests officer, soldiers who allegedly stole laptops from ships.

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August 18, 2010 23:04
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The Mavi Marmara ship, aboard which Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla took place on May

Mavi Marmara 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

The Military Police has arrested an IDF officer and a number of soldiers who allegedly stole laptop computers from the flotilla that was stopped by Israel en-route to the Gaza Strip in late May.

The officer, who holds the rank of first lieutenant, allegedly stole between four and six computers aboard the ships that were stopped by the Israeli Navy on May 31 as they tried breaking the Israeli-imposed sea blockade on the Gaza Strip.

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The officer then allegedly sold the computers to another soldier who sold them to friends of his. The story was first revealed on Ynet.

The IDF Spokesman’s Office confirmed that the Military Police had opened an investigation into the affair but said that it was not certain that the computers had originated on the ships that participated in the flotilla. The spokesman’s office refused to elaborate.

News of the investigation was a cause of great embarrassment for the IDF which has worked hard in recent months to stave off criticism of the Navy command raid which resulted in nine dead Turkish nationals and a slew of domestic and international investigations.


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