The ICC’s top appeals chamber on Monday reopened the case of war crimes allegations relating to the 2010 ‘Mavi Marmara’ flotilla, but the prosecutor could still decide not to move forward.
The International Criminal Court’s top appeals chamber on Monday reopened the case of war crimes allegations relating to the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla.
After years of attempting to go after top Israeli political and military officials in Turkish and European courts and before the ICC – for the deaths of 10 mostly IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation activists killed by Israel Navy commandos – the split decision of the ICC Appeals Chamber keeps the case alive, although it does not mean that Israel will lose.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda can go further with criminally probing Israel, or she can decide to try closing the case for a third time, although her basis for doing so has narrowed.
The 2010 Mavi Marmara raid saw a group of rights activists, combined with a smaller group of IHH activists – which the quasi-government Turkel Commission Report identified as affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood – board several ships in an attempt to break Israel’s blockade of Hamas in Gaza.