18-10-2019 04:26 PM Jerusalem Timing

Mavi-Marmara Lawyers Denied Visas to Int’l Criminal Court

Mavi-Marmara Lawyers Denied Visas to Int’l Criminal Court

Lawyers representing the victims of a fatal 2010 Zionist raid on an aid flotilla said they have been denied visas to the Netherlands on their way to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Palestine: Mavi Marmara Lawyers representing the victims of a fatal 2010 Zionist raid on an aid flotilla said they have been denied visas to the Netherlands on their way to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

"They are not issuing us visas although we have made it clear that we are lawyers and we represent the victims of the flotilla raid," Cihat Gokdemir told Turkish Anadolu news agency.

Two members of the legal team, Gokdemir and Ramazan Ariturk, were not granted extensions to their three-year visas, which expired in November, despite informing Dutch officials that the ICC Prosecutor's Office - based in The Hague – had invited them for a meeting on legal action against high-ranking Zionist officials.

In May 2010, Zionist commandos killed eight Turkish nationals and an American of Turkish origin in international waters when they attacked the Mavi Marmara, a ship in a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid and construction materials to the Gaza Strip, which is under a Zionist occupation blockade.

The event caused international outrage and soured Turkish-Zionisti ties. Since then, Turkey has received an apology from the occupation government and the two parties are looking to normalize relations with a deal involving compensation for the victims’ families.