World Bulletin / News Desk
It has been revealed that one of the Israeli commanders responsible for the killing of 8 Turkish citizens and 1 Turkish-American dual citizen on the Mavi Marmara aid ship in 2010 has fled the UK out of fear that he could be arrested.
Former Israeli navy general Eliezer Marom, who had arrived in the UK in October to give a conference, is now believed to have escaped from the country.
Speaking to Arab 21 News Agency, British human rights lawyer Tayyip Ali said that he had appealed to the UK police to arrest Marom on war crime charges for his role in the massacre.
According to British law, anyone accused of war crimes can be prosecuted on arrival in the UK without having to be extradited to their home country or the country where the crime took place, Ali said.
However, the UK's war crimes department informed the lawyer that Marom had fled the country just one day after arriving on 14 October 2013, most likely as soon as he learned that he was to be charged, before he could even give his planned conference.
This is not the first time an senior Israeli official has escaped British law. General Doron Almog also escaped in similar circumstances in previous years. The general had returned to Tel Aviv upon arriving in the UK without even getting off the plane.
Israel's Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz also fled the UK on hearing that he was going to be charged for his war crimes in the Jenin massacre.
Eliezer Marom is also among the Israeli officials being put on trial in absentia in Turkey for the killing of the activists in international waters as they were attempting to break the blockade on Gaza.
His case is due to be heard in an Istanbul court on March 27.Last Mod: 21 Mart 2014, 18:03