Three International Criminal Court judges who probably were not household names anywhere but in their home countries gained fame (or possibly infamy) last week when directing the ICC’s chief prosecutor to reopen her file on the Mavi Marmara incident.
The Mavi Marmara was one of the vessels intercepted by the IDF in May 2010 while trying to break Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip. During a violent shipboard skirmish, naval commandos killed 10 Turkish activists who attacked them with iron bars and knives.
Judges Joyce Aluoch of Kenya and Cuno Tarfusser of Italy voted 2-1 against Peter Kovacs of Hungary to order prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to seriously consider reopening the file as well as a full criminal investigation against IDF personnel and, potentially, security cabinet decision- makers. The charges: alleged war crimes. It is a file she had closed when she said the case was not grave enough for the ICC.