The first hearing for a trial against the Israeli military commanders responsible for orchestrating the attack on the Mavi Marmara Gaza aid flotilla takes place tomorrow at the Istanbul Court of Justice; 30 months and six days after the raid killed nine on board.
Israel has dismissed the case opened against their top commanders by Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Justice. The court has since requested the Istanbul Bar Association send attorneys in order to represent the defense. The first attorney assigned by the bar was for Air Forces Intelligence head Avishai Levi.
The 109-page indictment prepared by Istanbul Public Prosecutor Mehmet Akif Ekinci lists 490 victims and complainants from 37 different countries. According to the indictment, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Naval Forces commander Vice Adm. Eliezer Marom, Israel's military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin and Air Forces Intelligence head Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi are being charged with intentional manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, premeditated harm, causing harm, premeditated looting, abducting and confiscating a maritime transportation ship, premeditated property damage, infringing on people's liberties and causing pain and suffering. The indictment seeks nine aggravated life sentences in addition to a total 8,578 and 18 thousand plus 32 years prison time for each of the four commanders.
This is a translation of an article originally written by Ali Oktay.