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Spanish court issues arrest warrant for Israeli PM Netanyahu

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

Editor / Internet Yeni Şafak
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 Isareli 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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