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ICC to hold trial on deadly Gaza boat raid

Victims from 37 countries in pursuit of justice after 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, says attorney

Burak Bir   | 26.04.2019
ICC to hold trial on deadly Gaza boat raid

ANKARA 

An international trial on Israel’s deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla will be held on May 1, the flotilla’s legal commission said on Friday.

The concerned parties will plead their case before the International Criminal Court (ICC) next week, said Mavi Marmara attorney Gulden Sonmez.

Victims from 37 countries are still pursuing justice in the aftermath of the "vicious" attack by Israel on the Mavi Marmara ship and the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, making their case on various legal platforms, Sonmez said in a statement.

"We are making an open appeal to the prosecutor and the International Criminal Court to initiate this investigation to see justice served," she added.

The case began in 2013 when the Indian Ocean nation of Comoros, whose flag the Mavi Marmara sailed under, asked an ICC prosecutor to investigate the deadly raid.

The Israeli commando attack on the Mavi Marmara flotilla in May 2010 resulted in the death of eight Turkish nationals and an American of Turkish origin, and the wounding of some 30 others, including one who died after nearly four years in a coma.

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