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Israel grants wider power to flotilla inquiry

07-05-2010 09:03 BJT

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Israel's cabinet has granted wider power to a commission, investigating the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. It enables the panel, to compel witnesses, to appear and testify under oath.

The Israeli Turkey Commission, tasked with investigating the deadly raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla, was given a boost on Sunday with the government's unanimous vote to expand its authority.

The body, headed by retired Israeli Supreme Court Justice Jacob Turkel, can now subpoena witnesses, and take testimony under oath.

But it still will not be able to question soldiers or examine the decision-making process that preceded the May raid, in which nine pro-Palestinian activists from Turkey were killed.

Some analysts say the limited scope of the inquiry still hampers it from making a just decision.

Israel formed the committee after rejecting a call by U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to hold an international inquiry.

It says its naval commandos acted in self-defense after being attacked by activists on board one of the six ships. But the activists have said they were attacked first.


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