Turkish lawyer asks for 'Mavi Marmara' justice

Lawyer Ugur Yildirim raised concerns that a possible deal between Turkey and Israel could lead to dropping lawsuits against the perpetrators.

Turkish lawyer asks for 'Mavi Marmara' justice

World Bulletin / News Desk

Any possible intervention from Turkey and Israel into the ongoing 'Mavi Marmara' case would be contrary to universal law as well as the Turkish constitution, Ugur Yildirim, one of the lawyers of the case, said Thursday.

On May 21, 2010, Israeli commandos killed eight Turkish nationals and an American of Turkish origin in international waters when they attacked the Mavi Marmara, a ship in a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials to the Gaza Strip, which is under an Israeli blockade.

At a press conference at IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation's Istanbul office prior to the next hearing of the case, Yildirim said it was likely that Israel and Turkey would reach an agreement soon regarding a compensation for the victims' families.

He raised concerns that a deal reached without the injured parties' approval could lead to dropping lawsuits against the perpetrators.

“No-one has the right to do so. The people of Turkey and the international community should not let this happen. A special amnesty for perpetrators of the massacre would be a disgrace in the history of the Republic of Turkey."

The 6th hearing of Mavi Marmara trial will be held on 26th May 2014 in Istanbul. The defendants include Israel's former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, former navy chief Eliezer Marom, former military intelligence head Amos Yadlin and former air force intelligence chief Avishai Levy.

Yildirim called on the court to issue a red notice for them as they have not attended any of the hearings.

The raid on Mavi Marmara caused international outrage and soured Turkish-Israeli ties. Since then, Turkey has received an apology from the Israeli government and the two states are looking to normalize relations with a deal involving compensation for the victims’ families.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mayıs 2014, 09:50
britishcptr - 7 yıl Önce

To be fair to all world should find out the truth about a country attacking civilian ship in International waters. In the 18th century this was an act of piracy and in the 21st centuryt it should not be anything else. Fair ir Fair no matter how painful it maybe for some. Israel made a serious mistake and should make up for it with the families of murdered civilians.