Report: Turkey Seeks 10 Life Sentences For Israeli Commanders For Flotilla Response


flotillaA Turkish prosecutor has prepared an indictment seeking life sentences for four former Israeli military commanders over their alleged involvement in the 2010 killing of nine Turks on a Gaza-bound aid ship, Turkish newspaper Sabah reported on Wednesday. No other source has confirmed the report.

Sabah said it had seen details of the indictment prepared by Istanbul state prosecutor Mehmet Akif Ekinci and that it called for 10 life sentences to be given to each of the four commanders. It said the Istanbul chief prosecutor must approve the indictment before it is sent to the relevant court.

The indictment was reported to accuse Israel’s former Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, former Navy commander Eli Marom, former Air Force official Avishai Levy and former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin all involved in the raid and refers to them as “fugitive suspects”, Sabah reported.

The charges include first degree murder, assault and torture.

The 144-page indictment, it said, had been prepared after testimony from some 600 people, including 490 passengers from the six-ship flotilla and relatives of those who had died.

Correspondence from the Turkish prime minister’s office, the foreign and justice ministries and the intelligence service had also helped the prosecutor draw up the indictment, it said.

The indictment suggests that should the four arrive in Turkey they would be immediately arrested. Sabah said that Turkey is demanding 10 life sentences (and not nine, for the nine activists who were killed) because one of the victims has been in a coma since the raid.

In the indictment’s third part which details Turkey’s relations with the Jews throughout history, the prosecutor notes that the Ottomans took in the Jews that were expelled from Spain and that Turkey had accepted Jews during the Holocaust and saved some 20,000 Jews from death camps by issuing them passports. Based on this he concluded that Israel owes its very existence to the Turkish republic.

{Ynet/ Newscenter}


  1. This man has to stop smoking those hookas. They have a detrimental effect on his brain.

    It is true that the Ottoman Empire took in many Jews espcially after the Expulsion from Spain in 1492. They may have rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Being neutral they were a refuge for all kinds of people, They are not mentioning their rule over what was then Palestine for many many years. No awards there.

    To say that they are responsible or that they enabled the State of Israel to come into being is totally absurd.

    I gues those four israelis will not be visiting the Topkapi Palace anytime soon.

  2. I have nodoubdt in my mind the turks are brain damages their leaders,for defending themselfs they get life sentences ahaha what a joke.

  3. Talk about chutzpah. Aggressors threatening their victims. Crazy world where in war, the victors become the losers and criminals go free and indict their victims. This is especially true whenever Israel is involved. Defense of one’s life today seems to mean nothing in an upside down world.


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