No charges for Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound ship in 2010

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Fatou B. Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

No criminal charges will be laid by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel for a raid on a Turkish-owned ship that tried to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza in 2010.

Nine Turkish activists were reportedly killed when Israeli Defence Forces intercepted the Mari Marmara as it tried to break the blockade imposed by Israel on Gaza.

The case was referred to the ICC in May 2013.

Prosecutor Fatoumata Bensouda concluded that following consideration of the available information, there was a reasonable basis to believe that war crimes were committed on the Mari Marmara during the raid, but that the ICC would not take action.

"However, after carefully assessing all relevant considerations, I have concluded that the potential case or cases likely arising from an investigation into this incident would not be of sufficient gravity to justify further action by the ICC. The gravity requirement is an explicit legal criteria set by the Rome Statute." (26")

Ms. Bensouda said that she did not minimize the impact of the alleged crimes on the victims of their families but that she had to be guided by the Rome Statute which directs the court.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

Duration:  1’23″


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