Turkey Completes Probe of 2010 Mavi Marmara Flotilla
Turkish prosecutors have completed their investigation into the 2010 Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara flotilla, according to Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin, Today’s Zaman reported.
Turkish government officials reportedly requested information from the Israeli Foreign Ministry on soldiers to be mentioned in the indictment, Turkish Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said Tuesday.
“When we receive this information, we will send the indictments to the concerned courts,” Ergin told the Anatolia news agency.
Pro-Palestinian activists attacked Israeli naval commandos who boarding the vessel in an attempt to prevent the flotilla from breaching Israel’s borders and endangering the country’s national security. Nine Turkish activists, including one US citizen, were killed during the raid.
On February 8, 2011, Israel's government-appointed Turkel Commission found that “the naval blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip... was legal pursuant to the rules of international law.”
The United Nations' Palmer Committee also found the blockade to be legal but said Israel used excessive force while boarding the vessel.
Turkey also established an inquiry into the incident, which determined that the Gaza blockade and the Israeli raid were illegal.
Senior IDF officials have said they are taking legal precautions to protect soldiers and officers who participated in the operation to stop the Mavi Marmara.