Soldier Gets 5 Months for Stealing From Mavi Marmara

Israel's military court sentenced an Israel Defense Forces soldier to five months in military jail for stealing equipment from the Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara.

The Mavi Marmara was one of several ships in a flotilla attempting to break Israel's naval blockade on the Gaza. When Israeli commandos intercepted the ships on May 31, a deadly clash erupted aboard the Mavi Marmara. Nine activists were killed on the ship.

The convicted cadet, who was training to be an officer, was sentenced as part of a plea bargain. As part of the bargain, he confessed to having taken a computer, two camera lenses and a compass from the ship while it was docked in the Ashdod port. He then sold the stolen items, which had belonged to protesters taking part in the flotilla.

In addition to the jail term, the soldier was fined NIS 700, demoted to the rank of private and ousted from the officer training course.

After the sentencing, the soldier expressed remorse and said he had made a mistake.