ICC Will Not Try Israel for Mavi Marmara Crimes

Translated by Internationalist 360°

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda declares that “Israel will not be tried” for the events of the Mavi Marmara ship off the coast of Gaza in 2010, and confirms the existence of a previous decision to close the preliminary investigation in this regard.https://i2.wp.com/cdnmar.almayadeen.net/store/archive/image/2017/12/1/5b5a0e3c-f2a3-43a3-adf5-8a1ec75bd7cb.jpg

Today the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague decided not to prosecute Israel for the events of the Mavi Marmara ship off Gaza’s shores in 2010, the court’s prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said.

According to Israeli media, the prosecutor admitted to the court that there were “reasonable grounds to believe that war crimes were committed by some members of the Israeli army” during and after boarding the Turkish ship Marmara.

But she added that there was no single case arising from this situation that could be legally considered “sufficiently dangerous,” confirming her previous decision in 2014 not to open a preliminary investigation into the case and said today’s decision was final.

Bensouda said she made this decision after an in-depth study of more than 5,000 drafts and the collection of more than 300 affidavits from the ship, indicating that her decision was based on criteria set forth in the Rome Convention on the Prevention of War Crimes.

Bensouda had opened an investigation into the incidents after the Comoros victims filed a complaint with the court against Israel.

The Turkish prime minister last year said that 20 million dollars would be paid to the victims of the Israeli attack on the Marmara ship under an agreement with Israel.

A year ago, the families of the victims of Marmara published a video showing their protest in the Turkish prosecution following the request of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to drop the case against Israel.

While the Israeli news sites published at the time that Turkey withdrew the cases brought before the Turkish court against senior officers of the Israeli army for  the crimes of Mavi Marmara, which killed 10 Turkish solidarity members.

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