Spanish judge calls govt to file Mavi Marmara case to ICC

Judge Jose de la Mata calls on Spanish government to report Mavi Marmara case to International Criminal Court

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Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Spain’s National Court judge, Jose de la Mata has called the country’s government to submit three citizens’ case regarding the 2010 Israeli attack on the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara aid flotilla sailed to break the blockade over Gaza.

The three citizens, including two activists and a journalist were detained by Israeli authorities in Mavi Marmara flotilla when Israeli army stormed it on international waters and killed 10 Turkish activists.

Six Spanish ministers and the citizens and submitted a case against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with charges of illegal arrest, torture and deportation.

Because of Spain’s legislative reforms in March 2014 restricting court’s power in international trials, judge Jose de la Mata was forced to close the investigation into the case of the attack by the Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla.

On Thursday, he said he would send all documents involving the case to the Ministry of Justice for Spanish government to report its complaint to the  International Criminal Court (ICC).

He said to reporters: “I will be able to start the trial again if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli ministers set foot on Spanish soil.’’

The Hague-based ICC opened a preliminary investigation in May 2013 against Israel. In November 2014, the court stopped investigation, saying the case “would not be of sufficient gravity to justify further action by the ICC."

Mavi Marmara, a Turkish humanitarian aid flotilla that sailed to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip,  was stormed by Israeli forces on May 31, 2010.

Nine activists were killed, including one who died nearly four years after being critically injured in the attack, and dozen others injured.


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