Daily Israel Report

Mavi Marmara 'Show Trial' Adjourned to February

Trial of four former Israeli military officers charged in the 2010 raid on Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara flotilla has been adjourned
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 11/12/2012, 6:41 PM

Mavi Marmara
Mavi Marmara
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The trial of four former Israeli military officers charged in the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara Turkish flotilla has been adjourned to February 21, AFP reported.

A Turkish court began last week, in absentia, a trial of the former Israeli commandos who boarded the ship in an attempt to prevent it from unlawfully breaching Israel’s borders and posing a threat to the country’s national security. Upon boarding, the commandos were violently attacked by pro-Palestinian activists, falsely claiming to be “human rights activists.” Nine Turkish activists, including one who was also a US citizen, were killed during the raid.

Turkish prosecutors are seeking life sentences for Israel's former military chief of staff Gaby Ashkenazi, former navy chief Eliezer Marom, former military intelligence head Amos Yadlin and former air force intelligence chief Avishai Levy.

The four are accused of "sponsoring murders, brutality and cruelty" during the assault in international waters in the Mediterranean on the flotilla ship organized by the terror-linked IHH group.

Hundreds of protesters chanting “Murderer Israel!” gathered outside the Istanbul court last week upon start of the case, which Israel had denounced as a "show trial/"

The “opening of the kangaroo court against the Israeli military officials in Turkey demonstrates that there is no interest in repairing relations on the part of Turkish authorities”, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

Israeli-Turkish relations hit a new low after the crisis, with Ankara expelling the Israeli ambassador and cutting military ties.

Turkey insists that ties will not return to normal unless Israel offers a formal apology, compensates the victims and lifts its naval blockade on Hamas- controlled Gaza.