Spanish court revokes Netanyahu war crimes warrant

Registration of Israeli PM as war crime suspect over Marmara raid was 'a jurisdictional error,' panel rules.

Gil Ronen ,

Terrorists on the Mavi Marmara
Terrorists on the Mavi Marmara
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Spanish judges canceled on Thursday an earlier decision to register Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and six other officials as war crimes suspects, and said it had been a jurisdictional error.

Spanish daily El Diario – cited by JTA – reported that the ruling, by two judges from Spain’s National Court, concerned Netanyahu and six other Israeli officials: former defense minister Ehud Barak, former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, current defense minister Moshe Ya’alon, former interior minister Eli Yishai, former minister Benny Begin and former Navy commander Eliezer Marom.

Judge Jose de la Mata, from the same court, had determined last month that the seven were suspects in connection with a complaint over the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. De la Mata ordered police and national guard forces to notify him immediately if Netanyahu or the other named Israeli officials entered the country.

However, a panel that supersedes de la Mata ruled that “The 2nd section of Penal Court found the judge adopted this measure without jurisdiction as the issue had been closed last June” – according to a statement by ACOM, a pro-Israel Spanish group based in Madrid.

The ruling concerns the case of the 2010 Mavi Marmara raid, in which IDF forces were brutally attacked by Islamist extremists wielding a variety of weapons as the soldiers intercepted a flotilla of ships attempting to breach the IDF's blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza.

In the resulting clashes, nine Islamists were killed, while a tenth died of his wounds several months later.