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Spanish High Court issues arrest warrants for Netanyahu and six Israeli ministers

Arrest warrant has been issued for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Avigdor Liberman and 4 other ministers by the Court of Spain.

Arrest warrant has been issued for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Avigdor Liberman and 4 other ministers by the Court of Spain.

In a law suit which was started by Spanish citizens who were present on the Mavi Marmara with the Israeli attack upon the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010. The Israelis responsible for the crimes commited have had an arrest warrant issued against them. Spanish citizens of Mavi Marmara filed a criminal complaint with Mavi Marmara Advocates in Spain and investigation has been started. Process has been carried out with difficulties by the pressure Israel is applying; with the case finally being taken to High Court of Spain. At the end of the case, the court has issued an arrest warrant for 7 people including Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israeli Minister of Defense of the time Ehud Barak, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs of the time Avigdor Lieberman, Deputy Premier of the time Mosheya’alon, Israeli Commander of the Naval Forces of the time Eliezer Marom, Minister of State of the time Benny Begin and Deputy Premier Eli Yishai.

Upon the arrest warrant for Netanyahu and other perpetrators, High Court of Spain asked them to come and testify in court for the crimes which they have committed.

Perpetrators are tried for the crimes against humanity. Spanish High Court Justice De La Mata decided to open the Mavi Marmara case and send the necessary information of the perpetrators to the Spanish Police.

Process of arresting has been started with the list of perpetrators sent to the Spanish National Security Directorate.

As it is known, Israel overexerted to prevent this case. Legislative changes were done about Universal Jurisdiction with political pressure in Spain. Even in June 2015, Justice Ruz reached a negative verdict because of the cancelation of universal Jurisdiction and the political situation of Spain. In spite of this decision, Mavi Marmara advocates and the injured continued their pursuit of justice and again despite of this decision the Spanish High Court Justice De La Mata reopened the Mavi Marmara case and made a very brave decision.

The chamber has been tightened for Israeli perpetrators due to the Mavi Marmara trials and the legal blockade is still continuing.

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