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Numerous observers attended. They included human rights groups, journalists, and lawyers from different countries. 

At issue was attacking and killing nine Mavi Marmara humanitarian activists in international waters, as well as injuring and abusing dozens more.

Charges include voluntary manslaughter, attempted voluntary manslaughter, intentional injury, incitement to assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, abduction or confiscation of maritime vessels, property damage, false arrest, and mistreatment of prisoners.

Istanbul's Public Prosecutor listed 490 "complainant-victims" from 36 countries. They include passengers as well as family members of victims.

Hearings so far heard testimonies from 74 Turkish and foreign eyewitnesses and complainants. Clear evidence was presented.

On November 9, the trial's first session concluded. Further hearings were scheduled to begin on February 21. 

The court also decided to check the validity of notices sent defendants, assure others scheduled to testify are heard during the next session, and get updated medical information on Ugur Suleyman Soylemez.

He was assaulted aboard the Mavi Marmara. He's been in a coma for almost two and half years.

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