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July 27, 2015 8:59 pm

ICC Prosecutor Appeals Request to Reopen Gaza Flotilla Case

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JNS.org International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has appealed a decision by a panel of judges to re-open an investigation of Israel for alleged war crimes over the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.

The incident left nine Turkish militants dead after they had attacked Israeli commandos on a vessel that tried to break the naval blockade of Gaza. In her appeal, Bensouda said the judges did not consider “the unique context of violent resistance abroad the Mavi Marmara.”

Earlier this month, in a 2-1 ruling, a panel of ICC judges granted a request by the Comoros Islands to reconsider the case after the discovery of “material errors in the prosecutor’s assessment” of the matter.

In November 2014, Bensouda concluded that the Mavi Marmara incident did not have “sufficient gravity” to be investigated by the ICC despite a “reasonable basis to believe that war crimes” were committed by Israel. As such, many considered the case to be closed until the recent judicial order to re-open it.

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The Israeli Foreign Ministry welcomed Bensouda’s decision to appeal, saying the ICC “never had any business to deal with this event to begin with.”

“Israel acted out of self-defense according to international law,” the Foreign Ministry added.

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  • Chaim Ben David

    Insolent as always: “never had any business to deal with this event to begin with.”

  • PHILIPPINE EDITH SZTIEINBOK

    A flotilla of unknown countries should not be allowed to
    access the port of another country especially as they refused to permi checking the cargo and the passengers that the boats carried.
    quoted

    • PHILIPPINE EDITH SZTIEINBOK

      This comment is more that reasonable !!!

      • PHILIPPINE EDITH SZTEINBOK

        There cant be anything more reasonable than my comment.Please publish my reply as it is.

        • PHILIPPINE EDITH SZTEINBOK

          If you do not like my reply – do not publish it and
          do not ask for one again,

          • PHILIPPINE EDITH SZTEINBOK

            Why should I cancel or moderate ? I live in a free country ! if YOU DON’T like it, It is your privilege not to publish it !!!!!!

    • Focknflick

      Gaza does not belong to isreal. According to Haaretz the turks did not attack the IDFers.

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