French charity files legal complaint after Gaza fleet raid
A French charity said Friday it had lodged a legal complaint for kidnapping, false imprisonment, armed violence and ship hijacking after Israeli forces captured its members on the Gaza aid flotilla.
"The victims are French. The French legal system is competent" to deal with the case, said Liliane Glock, a lawyer for the Committee for Charity and Support for the Palestinians (CBSP).
The complaints were lodged in the prosecutor's offices in Marseille and the Paris suburb Evry, where CBSP members who were on the ships that were seized by Israel on Monday live.
Most of the 10 French nationals who were involved in the flotilla were from the CBSP, which provides support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
The CBSP was in 2003 listed as a terrorist fundraising group by the United States, which says it provides funds for Hamas, the Islamist group that rules Gaza but is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Western governments.
Israel sparked international outrage when its commandos on Monday attacked a fleet of aid ships bound for the Gaza Strip.
They killed nine people during the raid and then forced the six ships in the convoy to dock at an Israeli port, before detaining the hundreds of activists who had been on the vessels.
© 2010 AFP