Lawyers representing the Comoros on Thursday asked International Criminal Court (ICC) judges to order the court’s chief prosecutor to reconsider her decision not to probe Israel’s 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, reports AFP.
The Comoros, which has referred the case to the ICC, “asks the Chamber to request the Prosecutor to reconsider her decision not to open an investigation,” its lawyers said in papers filed before the Hague-based court.
Nine Turkish activists died after Israeli commandos staged a botched pre-dawn raid on the six-ship flotilla in May 2010.
One of the ships in the flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, which claimed to be providing “humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza,” defied orders to turn around and dock at the Ashdod port. After it ignored repeated warnings to change course, the IDF boarded the vessel – only to be attacked by Islamist extremists on board.
The soldiers had no choice but to open fire, resulting in the deaths of nine on board.
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