Turkel Committee 311.
(photo credit: GPO)
The Turkel Commission issued an open invitation on Sunday for the passengers and
crew of the Mavi Marmara to testify.
The commission – which is tasked
with investigating the IDF flotilla raid that left nine Turkish activists dead
on that ship in May – sent a letter to the Turkish Embassy requesting help in
building a list of prospective witnesses who were on the vessel, a spokesman
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Turks deny Turkel C'tee's request to probe Marmara capt.
“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 embassy did not release an immediate
response to the letter.
The Turkel Commission had previously asked the
embassy to help locate the Mavi Marmara captain so he could be invited to
testify, but Turkey denied the request.
Turkey has formed its own
committee to investigate the flotilla incident. It 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 could look at the captain’s
testimony in the existing report if it believed that could aid its