İHH appeals to ICC to become plaintiff in case against Israel

March 07, 2014, Friday/ 18:26:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH) announced on Friday that it has appealed to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be part of a lawsuit opened in 2013 into Israel's 2010 raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla bound for Gaza.

“The IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation with its committee in Hague, Netherlands requested to be added to the lawsuit filed in the International Criminal Court on Thursday,” the announcement on Friday read.

Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists were wounded when Israeli commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. The Mavi Marmara was registered in Comoros, an archipelago off the African coast near Madagascar with population around 800,000.

Lawyers Hüseyin Oruç, Gülden Sönmez and Rabia Yurt, who filed the request to be involved in the case on behalf of the İHH, said they expect a fair result from the case.

“We have also delivered documents related to the raid and tortures to the court and expressed the expectations of the families of the victims for the ICC to finalize the case as soon as possible,” said Oruç in remarks to the state-run Anadolu agency on Thursday.

Noting that there were numerous individual appeals to the ICC, Oruç said the Mavi Marmara raid should be considered within the framework of international crimes.

He said the result of the case is already obvious since there is plenty of evidence. “The whole world witnessed the death of nine people. We expect the ICC to act as an advocate for justice as the evidence is clear,” Oruç added.

“Whilst Israel accepted the criminality of its act and has offered nominal compensation for its wrongdoing, the İHH does not believe that a simple apology is enough. We expect to be an active participant in these investigations,” read a press release written by Sönmez on Friday.

In the statement, the İHH said the Mavi Marmara case will set a precedent for the future to determine whether the law will apply equally to the many victims of this crime.

“IHH wants to see the rule of law to prevail, namely, lifting of the illegal blockade on Gaza and its populations rights to be secured as well as perpetrator of the said crime committed on Mavi Marmara to be brought to justice,” the statement said.

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