My Mideast Punchlines: Ahoy there!

Despite years of Turkish bluster and lawfare over the Mavi Marmara incident, no Interpol red notices have been requested for Israeli officers, and the judges involved in previous rulings have seen their careers shunted aside. Is the ruling AK Party reluctant to go all the way? Are bureaucrats waging some kind of resistance?

Although 10 months have passed since the court requested that the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Justice seek an Interpol Red Notice, government officials have not taken single step to do so. This reveals a clear contradiction between the AK Party government’s discourse on the Mavi Marmara issue and its policies. The judges who ruled for the arrest of the Israeli commanders were also re-assigned to other judicial posts in different provinces, and the chief judge in the case was demoted.

Small FistGives new meaning to the term ‘Boat People‘. Only this time it’s Turkish judges who have been cast adrift. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bunch.


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