Israel’s Gaza flotilla probe panel summons Mavi Marmara captain 13Sep10 September 14, 2010

Haaretz -  13 September 2010

The investigation committee established to probe the deadly clash aboard the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara on May 31 approached the Turkish embassy on Sunday seeking to compel the captain of the ship to testify before the committee.

The Mavi Marmara was one of several aid ships aiming to deliver supplies to Gaza in violation of an Israeli naval blockade. In efforts to prevent the ship from arriving at Gaza’s shores, Israeli navy commandos boarded the ship on May 31, and were met with violence. Nine Turkish activists were killed in the clash that ensued. Israel appointed a commission of investigation, headed by former justice Jacob Turkel, to probe the incident.

The panel’s coordinator, attorney Hoshea Gottlieb, submitted an official request to the Turkish embassy in Israel. “The public commission to examine the maritime incident of May 31, 2010 wishes to invite Mr. Halid Terzi, who served as the captain of the Mavi Marmara during the incident which the committee is examining, in order to hear his testimony regarding the incident,” said the request.

On Monday, Chairman of Israel’s National Security Council Professor Uzi Arad testified before the Turkel committee behind closed doors. Mossad director Meir Dagan was expected to testify on Tuesday. Foreign Ministry Director General Yossi Gal was scheduled to testify later this week.

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