RAMALLAH, June 12 (JMCC) - Two German parliamentarians and a human rights activist have filed a case with a German court alleging war crimes by the Israeli military in its interception of the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish-flagged ship, in international waters.
At 5:10 a.m. on May 31, the complaint reads, H?ger, Groth and Paech heard from the captain of the Mavi Marmara via the ship's loudspeaker that the Israeli soldiers who had boarded the ship as part of the commando operation were taking over control of the ship. An hour later, Israeli soldiers ordered the Germans on deck, where their backpacks and other belongings were searched. Their hands were temporarily bound.Read
It wasn't until 9:10 p.m. that parliamentarian Annette Groth was given the possibility of contacting the German Embassy. At 2 a.m. on June 1, the Germans were brought to the airport in a prisoner transport vehicle for their flight back home.
According to international criminal law expert Florian Jessberger of Berlin's Humboldt University, there is cause to believe that false imprisonment was perpetrated as understood by German law. He says that German criminal law would have jurisdiction irrespective of the fact that the act was perpetrated on the high seas.
the rest of the story at Der Spiegel