The Mavi Marmara Trial: Istanbul 6th – 8th November 2012

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

On 31 May 2010, Israeli armed forces had attacked in international waters the Mavi Marmara and other vessels that were carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip. Nine humanitarian aid volunteers had been killed during the attack, over 50 wounded, and all the passengers of the flotilla, including the crew of the vessels, had been imprisoned in Israel.

Among the detainees was South African Journalist Ms. Gadijah Davids from Cape Town.

An investigation into the attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was conducted by Turkish Authorities in Istanbul. This investigation is now complete and a criminal case has been filed at the Istanbul High Court. Among the accused parties are the Israeli Chief of General Staff – Rau Gavriel Ashkenazi, Naval Forces Commander – Eliezer Alfred Maron, Air Forces Intelligence Director – Avishay Levi and Chief of Israeli Military Intelligence – Amos Yadlin.

The first session of the Mavi Marmara Trial will be held in Istanbul from the 6th – 8th November 2012. Ms. Davids will be attending the Trial accompanied by her legal representative Advocate Shabnam Mayet. Their attendance has been facilitated by the Palestine Solidarity Alliance and the Media Review Network. Adv. Mayet has been briefed by Ziyaad E. Patel Attorneys and assisted by the Muslim Lawyers Association.

The Trial has created worldwide interest within the media fraternity and Human Rights Observers.

Issued by:

Ibrahim Vawda – Media Review Network

Contact: 072 295 0088 / webmaster@mediareviewnet.com

Naazim Adam – Palestine Solidarity Alliance

Contact: 082 336 6711 / info@palestine.co.za

Ziyaad E Patel Attorneys

Contact: 011 782 2644

MRN

Author: MRN Network

The aspiration of the Media Review Network is to dispel the myths and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims and to foster bridges of understanding among the diverse people of our country. The Media Review Network believes that Muslim perspectives on issues impacting on South Africans are a prerequisite to a better appreciation of Islam.