Israel threatens satellite services firm for flotilla with prosecution, liability for damages

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TEL AVIV — Israel has warned the satellite provider of an expected Turkish-flagged flotilla to the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Law Center has warned the Western satellite provider Inmarsat not to supply services to the flotilla, expected to leave for the Gaza Strip in late June. The center, said to cooperate with the Israeli government, said Inmarsat could be liable for massive damages and criminal prosecution on allegations of helping ships deployed by terror groups.

“The law is very strict when it comes to aiding and abetting terrorism or politically-motivated violence and imposes severe criminal and civil liability,” Israel Law Center director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner said.

The center sent the warning to Inmarsat and its senior corporate officers in Britain and the United States. Under U.S. law, the letter said, Inmarsat and its officers could be open to charges of aiding and abetting terrorism if it provides satellite services to the Gaza-bound ships.

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