A Turkish court on Monday indicted former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi on charges of manslaughter, in connection with his role as head of the Israeli army during the attempted illegal landing of the Mavi Marmara on the shores of Gaza. Eleven people, who had participate in a lynch attack on IDF soldiers on the ship, were killed in a subsequent battle. Indicted along with Ashkenazi were former Israeli commander Eli Marom, former head of Military Intelligence Amos Yadlin, and former IDF commander Colonel Avishai Levi. The court is expected to issue arrest warrants for the four.
Besides manslaughter for the Marmara lynch mob, the indictment charges the four with attempted murder, damaging property, and other charges.The indictment, which runs over 144 pages and is based on the testimony of 600 people – 490 of them part of the 2010 flotilla, which the Marmara participated in – does not mention that a UN panel has declared Israel's sea blockade of Gaza to be legal.