Burak Turan, the Turkish prosecutor representing the armed IHH Turkish jihadists who were killed on board the Mavi Marmara, claims that it is impossible to end the civil action suit against the IDF soldiers who took part in the raid. This is despite the huge compensation that Israel is expected to pay to the families of those who were killed as part of a reconciliation deal with Turkey.
Turan spoke with Channel 10 tonight (Tuesday) from his office in Istanbul. "I can tell you that not a single one of the families of those who were killed is willing to accept money from the Israeli government. They want to punish the guilty parties."
Turan, on behalf of the victims' families, is suing former Chief of Staff Ashkenazi along with three elite soldiers who commanded the boarding of the Mavi Marmara.
Israel and Turkey have just signed an agreement in which Turkey will end the claims of the families of the victims in exchange for compensation and will block any further claims.
However, Turan claims that the Turkish government does not have the legal authority to do so. "Our legal system considers this kind of claim to be a public lawsuit. The families of the victims can tell the judge to withdraw the lawsuit but the judge himself may not withdraw it."
Israel considers IHH to be a terrorist organization and in 2010 added them to its terror watch list. The activists aboard the Mavi Marmara were armed with iron bars, knives and at least one handgun, and attacked the soldiers who boarded the ship.