Al-Mabhouh assassins used Irish passports, says Dubai police
February 8, 2010 3 Comments
By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
At least four of the seven people believed to have participated in last month’s assassination of a senior Hamas military official in Dubai, used forged Irish passports to enter and exit the United Arab Emirates, according to local police. The body of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, co-founder of the Palestinian Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, was discovered by staff at Dubai’s luxury Al-Bustan Rotana Hotel, where al-Mabhouh was a guest, on January 20. Nine days later, on January 29, Hamas accused Israeli intelligence service Mossad of having killed al-Mabhouh. Now the Dubai police alleges that four of the seven assassins, which included at least one woman, used real Irish travel documents with falsified identities to enter the Emirates, and used them again to “flee to a European country” several hours before al-Mabhouh’s body was discovered. Dubai’s police commissioner also announced that, if Israel is determined to be behind the Hamas official’s killing, the Emirates will consider issuing an arrest warrant for Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, who would normally be responsible for ordering al-Mabhouh’s assassination. Meanwhile, Israeli government sources have refused to confirm or deny Jerusalem’s role in the affair. One cabinet member, Science and Technology minister Daniel Herschkowitz, said cryptically that “the Mossad knows how to get the job done, and it is a known thing that anyone who lifts a hand against a Jew is putting his life on the line”.