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Spanish judge starts legal process for arrest of Netanyahu and other key Israeli officials

Seven found guilty of crimes against humanity for role in 2010 raid on Gaza-bound ship, Mavi Marmara.

No 1513 Posted by fw, November 15, 2015

“An investigation was launched after Spanish activists on board Mavi Marmara filed a criminal complaint against Israeli officials involved in the raid. Earlier in June, a Spanish court dropped a five-year-old investigation into the raid. In its ruling, it left a possibility that the case could be re-opened if he came ever to Spain. But, it did not clarify what steps would be taken if he did. The case file was eventually sent to the Supreme Court, while the investigation has made slow progress due to Israel’s pressure on the investigation. The judge has sent the list of defendants to the Spanish police, demanding the start of the legal process to request a red notice for their arrest.”

According to a related story, arrests would take place if any of the 7 accused entered Spain. (For more information, see 2 linked titles at the end of this post).

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Spanish Court Issues Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Senior Israeli Officials by YeniSafak, November 13, 2015

The Spanish judge issues arrest warrants for seven key Israeli officials in Mavi Marmara incident

A Spanish court has found Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and six other senior officials guilty of crimes against humanity for their role in the 2010 raid on Gaza-bound aid ship, Mavi Marmara.

Nine activists were killed, including one Turkish-American, and dozens injured when Israeli commandos boarded the lead ship of a Gaza-bound flotilla, Mavi Marmara, when it attempted to breach the blockade of the Palestinian territory. Spanish activists were also on board the ships.

The Madrid-based Supreme Court has ordered arrest of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ex-foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, ex-defense minister Ehud Barak, then-deputy PMs Moshe Ya’alon and Eli Yishai, and then-state minister Benny Begin. Israel’s ex-Navy Commander Eliezer Marom is among the co-defendants found guilty by the Spanish judge.

An investigation was launched after Spanish activists on board Mavi Marmara filed a criminal complaint against Israeli officials involved in the raid. Earlier in June, a Spanish court dropped a five-year-old investigation into the raid. In its ruling, it left a possibility that the case could be re-opened if he came ever to Spain. But, it did not clarify what steps would be taken if he did.

The case file was eventually sent to the Supreme Court, while the investigation has made slow progress due to Israel’s pressure on the investigation. The judge has sent the list of defendants to the Spanish police, demanding the start of the legal process to request a red notice for their arrest.

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SEE ALSO

Mavi Marmara group welcomes Spanish judge’s remarks by Middle East Monitor, November 15, 2015 — Spanish Judge ordered local police and civil guard to inform him if any of the 7 accused enter Spain “since their visit could reopen a case filed against them in Spain for the attack on the Freedom Flotilla in 2010”.

Is the Mavi Marmara trial political expediency or a real quest for justice? by Laura Stuart, Middle East Monitor, December 14, 2014 – Excellent article. “It is a very sad and unjust world in which we live when political expedience trumps justice so often and so publically without any redress. Cases of injustice are revealed in the media but still governments and their political “interests” prevent the perpetrators from being held to account.”

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