Swedish Prosecutor Drops Probe Into IDF Seizure of Gaza Flotillas

While some of the soldiers' actions could be considered criminal, investigators see no way of identifying the perpetrators, prosecutor says.

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The Mavi Marmara ship aboard which Israel's raid of a Gaza-bound flotilla left nine Turkish activists dead. The Palmer Commission report on the May 31, 2010 events was leaked on September 1, 2011.
The Mavi Marmara ship, which was targeted by an IDF raid on its way to Gaza in 2010. Credit: AP
Lennart Simonsson

DPA - A Swedish prosecutor on Tuesday dropped an investigation into whether laws were broken in 2010 and 2012, when Israeli forces boarded pro-Palestinian vessels aiming to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza, saying it was not possible to identify the perpetrators.

The investigation into the raids covered only the situation affecting 22 Swedish nationals on board the vessels, including author Henning Mankell, known for his best-selling crime novels.

Prosecutor Henrik Attorps said interviews with the plaintiffs had "disclosed some acts that could be considered criminal but the perpetrators remain unknown and we see no way of identifying them."

He also noted that Sweden lacked jurisdiction.

The investigation was launched at the end of June. It centered on allegations of aggravated assault, illegal threats and failure to protect civilians affected by armed conflict, as well as theft.

The complaint over the Israeli military's actions - which occurred in international waters - was filed in November 2013 by the activist group Ship to Gaza.

Israel has enforced a blockade on the Gaza Strip since 2006.

The blockade was eased in 2010 after eight Turkish passengers and one U.S. citizen were killed during a raid to stop the Gaza-bound flotilla. The incident drew international condemnation and severely strained Israel's ties with Turkey.

The Swedish government that took office after elections in September, recently recognized Palestine as a state, triggering angry reactions in Israel.

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