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Friday, January 13, 2012

Turkey drops Mavi Marmara prosecutions

American sources claim that Turkey has dropped all attempted prosecutions of Israeli soldiers who were involved in the Mavi Marmara affair. This is considered a gesture to the United States, with whom Turkey enjoys increasingly close ties.
Sources in the US State Department said that the Turkish attorney general has ordered that all legal proceedings against Israeli elements involved in the IDF raid on the Marmara ship in May 2010 to be halted, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Friday.

According to the sources, Turkish prosecutors were instructed to withdraw all proceedings against the elements that gave the order to take over the ship or who actively raided the vessel, an event which resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish citizens.

The State Department said that this decision is linked to US efforts to defuse tensions between Israel and Turkey. This includes attempts by Israeli envoy to Turkey David Meidan to find a formula which will allow the sides to end hostility.


Turkey's decision to suspend the legal proceedings shows the ever tightening ties between Ankara and Washington. US sources said that the administration has also been working to limit the extent of verbal attacks by Turkish officials against Israel.
Yeah, if Obama's good friend is busy trying to prosecute Israelis it won't look good for his reelection campaign, will it?

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