War crimes prosecutor receives Israel complaint

By Toby Sterling

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, May 14 2013 8:27 p.m. MDT

AMSTERDAM — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court — the permanent war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands — says she has received a complaint about Israel's 2010 raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla bound for Gaza, and she will open a preliminary investigation.

The complaint comes from the tiny African state of Comoros, a member of the court, though Israel is not. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she met Tuesday with lawyers from a Turkish law firm that is representing Comoros.

Eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other pro-Palestinian activists were wounded when Israeli commandos stormed the ship Mavi Marmara on May 31, 2010. The Mavi Marmari was registered in Comoros, an archipelago off the African coast near Madagascar with a population of around 800,000.

As required by the court's rules when a member state complains, "my office will be conducting a preliminary examination in order to establish whether the criteria for opening an investigation are met," Bensouda said in a statement. "After careful analysis of all available information, I shall make a determination that will be made public in due course."

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