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A court in South Africa on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for four top Israeli commanders for their role in the deadly raid of the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara aid ship in 2010 that left eight Turks and a Turkish-American dead.
Upon the complaint in 2011 of South African Radio 786 correspondent Gadija Davids, who was among the journalists on the Mavi Marmara detained by the Israeli military in 2010, the South African court issued the arrest warrants for retired Israel Defense Forces (IDF)hief of General Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, retired Israeli Navy commander Vice Adm. Eliezer Marom, retired IDF Chief of Defense Intelligence Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin and retired Israeli Air Force intelligence commander Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi in absentia.
In a statement on Tuesday South Africaand’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) said the court order has now reached the border security system and that the four Israeli commanders will be arrested if they enter South Africa.
In May 2014 the Istanbul 7th High Criminal Court ordered the arrest of the four Israeli commanders if they were to enter Turkey.
According to the DPCI statement, South African authorities will request that Interpol issue a Red Notice and in the case of those sought being arrested, they will be handed over to the Turkish authorities if requested.
The Turkish government has failed to seek the issuance of an Interpol Red Notice for the Israeli commanders involved in the fatal 2010 raid despite more than a year having passed since the Istanbul 7th High Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for the officers.
Davidsand’ lawyer Ziyaad Patel said at a press conference on Tuesday that the DPCI and South African judiciary have proven that South Africa is a country that believes in the supremacy of the law and that the laws of the county are of international standard. and”The decision [to arrest the Israeli commanders] will set an example for Turkey, Spain, Greece and Sweden, whose citizens were targeted by the brutal Israeli raid [on the Mavi Marmara],and” Patel said.
The inaction of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government in bringing the Israeli commanders to justice reveals a clear contradiction between its discourse on the Mavi Marmara issue and its policies. The judges who ruled for the arrest of the Israeli commanders were re-assigned to other judicial posts in different provinces, and the chief judge in the case was demoted.
Since the raid on May 31, 2010, the AK Party has urged Israel to offer a formal apology for the deadly raid and pay compensation to the nine families of those killed in the raid.
Three years after the incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered an apology to Turkey for the raid on the Mavi Marmara for what he called and”operational mistakesand” that might have led to the death of Turkish citizens. However, the parties have yet to reach a final agreement on compensation for the victimsand’ families.
h2 iHH head calls on govand’t to seek issuance of Interpol Red Notice for Israeli commandersh2 Humanitarian Aid Foundation (iHH) President Bandulent Yildirim on Wednesday requested that the Turkish government send the arrest warrants — issued by an Istanbul court last year for senior IDF officers for their role in the fatal raid on the Mavi Marmara ship in 2010 — to Interpol
and”Turkish citizens were martyred. A ship that belongs to Turkey was attacked. We were attacked. Thank God a court ordered the arrest of those responsible. But now this court order needs to be sent to Interpol,and” Yildirim told the press in front of Istanbuland’s andcailayan Courthouse on Wednesday.
An Interpol Red Notice is the highest-grade international police alert used to communicate information about crimes, criminals and threats to their counterparts around the world and is the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant that is in use today.
The Mavi Marmara belongs to the iHH, whose legal committee, along with representatives of the victimsand’ relatives, lodged a case against Israel with the ICC at The Hague in October 2010. The ICC announced last November that it would not prosecute Israel for its 2010 raid on the Turkish flotilla bound for Gaza. The prosecutor for the case said that despite a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes were committed, there was not and”sufficient gravity to justify further action by the ICC.and”


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