On Wednesday, ahead of second anniversary of Israeli attack on Gaza flotilla, Turkish press reported that İstanbul Specially Authorized Prosecutor Mehmet Akif Ekinci seeks life imprisonment for four Israeli top commanders, involved in a 2010 Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left nine Turks dead.
The 144-page indictment is on behalf of 490 victims and complainants, including 189 people who were injured in the Israeli commando attacks.
The indictment reportedly seeks 10 aggravated life imprisonment sentences for former Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) 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.
World nations condemned Israel for its piracy at international waters killing nine Turk aid workers and wounding many more. Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israeli action “inhuman state terror” and called upon the UN Security Council to appoint a committee to investigate the incident and demanded an apology from the Zionist regime.
“Israel has lost its legitimacy as a respectful member of the international community. In simplest terms, this is tantamount to banditry and piracy. It is a murder conducted by a state. It has no excuses, no justification whatsoever,” Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish foreign minister said in a statement.
France at the UNSC supported an investigation that meet international standards. However, Israel’s political poodles in the UNSC, the US and Britain refused to back-up the motion. The UNSC showed its helplessness in face of Israel by just issuing a condemnation of Israeli brutality.
The Zionist regime set up a commission of inquiry of its own headed by Israeli Supreme Court Justice Jacob Turkel, to investigate the attack. The move was rejected by Ankara and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The ‘Turkal Commission’ in its report released January 23, 2011 – cleared the Zionist regime and Israel Occupation Force (IOF) of wrongdoing. It blamed the aid workers aboard Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara for violence.
Turkey, too, established an inquiry, which concluded, in contrast to the Israeli inquiry, that the Gaza blockade and the Israeli raid are illegal.
Personally, I believe, the said indictment is not going to improve Ankara’s falling popularity among the Arabs and Muslims which have realized by now that Erdogan government is not much diffrent than the western-puppets ruling most of Muslim nation-states, Ankara has long sold its soul to the US-Israel-NATO interests in the Muslim world. Ankara is conducting a USrael proxy war against Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and Hamas.