Israeli soldiers will not face criminal charges for flotilla raid: report

The agreement will be legislated into a law that will prevent Turkish citizens from filing of criminal charges against IDF soldiers and officers involved in the Gaza flotilla raid, reported Haaretz.

Israeli soldiers will not face criminal charges for flotilla raid: report

World Bulletin / News Desk

The agreement between Israel and Turkey over reparations to the Gaza flotilla victims’ families is slated to be brought before Turkey's parliament in Ankara for approval.

According to senior Israeli officials, once it passes, the agreement will be legislated into a law that will prevent Turkish citizens from filing of criminal charges against Israel Defense Forces soldiers and officers involved in the Gaza flotilla raid, reported Haaretz. 

ANOTHER ROUND IS SCHEDULED

This week, another round of talks between the Israeli and Turkish teams is scheduled to take place. The time and location of the talks have not yet been determined, yet Israel has already suggested it should take place in Jerusalem. The Turks want to show progress on talks with Israel before Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan heads to Washington on May 16. Meanwhile, since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be traveling to China on May 5, there isn't much time left to meet and sign an agreement.

Turkish government lawmakers found a way around the legal proceedings against IDF officers and soldiers, notwithstanding that the families have refused to pull the claims filed in the last three years. These are primarily criminal charges filed in an Istanbul court against former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, head of military intelligence Amos Yadlin and other senior Israeli officers.

Once the reparations agreement is approved by the Turkish government, it will then be voted on in the parliament as a binding international treaty . After these two proceedings, the agreement will become a law. According to section 90 of the Turkish constitution, in such a situation, the new law supersedes the authority of the courts to deal with the affair.

The senior Israeli official also specified that the agreement with Turkey will be submitted for approval by the Israeli government as well, so that its status becomes that of an international treaty.

Last Mod: 28 Nisan 2013, 19:00
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