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Questions on the assassination of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai

The British Foreign Office denied a news report Friday that the British intelligence service was told in advance that Israeli agents planned to assassinate a senior Hamas militant in Dubai.

The Guardian had reported “Official sources said UK authorities issued the British passports used by the assassins in Dubai last month.” At least six of the people whose names appeared on the British passports used by the assassins in Dubai, live in Israel.

Israel has brushed aside suggestions that it was involved in the January 20 death in a Dubai hotel of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a founding member of Hamas’ military wing. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said there is “no reason to think” that Israeli agents were involved in the killing.

The British Foreign Office reacted strongly to a report in London’s Daily Mail saying that that its spy agency, the MI6, “was tipped off that Israeli agents were planning to carry out an ‘overseas operation’ using fake British passports.” The report cited an unnamed British security source.

Interpol has made public the photos and fraudulent names of 11 people it said were involved in the murder in Dubai last month. The suspects had European passports — one from France, three from Ireland, six from Britain, and one from Germany, according to police.

Veteran Middle East reporter Robert Fisk writes “the British passports are real. They are hologram pictures with the biometric stamp. They are not forged or fake.” Fisk adds, “Intelligence agencies … have long used false passports. Oliver North and Robert McFarlane travelled to Iran to seek the release of US hostages in Lebanon on passports that were previously stolen from the Irish embassy in Athens. But the Emirates’ new information may make some European governments draw in their breath – and they had better have good replies to the questions.”

Allegations are likely to trigger a diplomatic row with Britain, Ireland, Germany and France.

Watch video footage of events leading up to the assassination

8 Responses to “Questions on the assassination of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai”

  1. The Dubai chief of police called yesterday for the arrest of Meir Dagan, the head of Mossad, if it is proved that the Israeli spy agency was behind the assassination of the Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

    Lieutenant-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim called on Interpol, in a statement last night, to issue a red arrest notice seeking Mr Dagan’s extradition “as a killer in case Mossad is proved to be behind the crime, which is most likely now”.

    An insider close to the case confirmed that Mr Dagan and Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, are top of the Gulf state’s wanted list.

    “Our investigations reveal that Mossad is involved in the murder of al-Mabhouh,” General Tamim said. “It is 99 per cent, if not 100 per cent, that Mossad is standing behind the murder.”

    Police in Dubai said that they would release new evidence in the coming days that proves that the assassination can be traced to the Mossad headquarters in Herzliya, a suburb north of Tel Aviv. Officials have never ruled Mossad out of their investigation but have stopped short of accusing the Israeli spy agency directly until now.

  2. Mossad Agents Arrested In Attempt To Bomb Mexican Congress

    I read this in a mexican, Spanish language, newspaper when it happened and wanted to share this with you in case you weren’t familiar with it.

  3. I believe the Dubai Police and Investigation are Fishing for information. They only get it when others put out the Intel or Information. This gives them inroads to a pre-conceived Plan to Hang this on Their Enemies, Which Israel has always been. The Terrorists couldn’t pull it off without a Mock Investigation, without Evidence which is only hearsay. Israel is blamed for it without sufficient evidence, so it would never be a Fair Trial, even if it went there. It would be another Lynching of Whoever embarrassed the Terrorist Society the most and right now Israel is their Ginny Pig.

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  5. As an update on this story, Interpol announced today it is issuing notices to help track down all 27 people suspected of links to the death of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

    Information gathered by investigators in Dubai “bore out the international links and broad scope of the number of people involved, as well as the role of two ‘teams’ of individuals identified by the Dubai police as being linked,” Interpol said.

    Interpol Secretary-General Ronald K. Noble said investigators have established “clear” links through passport records, video surveillance, DNA analysis, witness interviews and hotel, credit card, phone and transport records, according to the news release.

    Dubai’s police chief told CNN last month that he is “100 percent sure” Mossad was responsible.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Army Radio earlier this month, “There is certainly no reason to think that the Mossad and not some other intelligence agency of another country operated there.”

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