Al-Mabhouh was drugged, not electrocuted

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh


Members of an Israeli assassination squad, who killed a senior Hamas official last month in Dubai, drugged him with a strong anesthetic before suffocating him to death, according to a new police report. Initial accounts of the death of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was found dead in his luxury hotel room in the United Arab Emirates in the morning January 20, 2010, stated that he had been severely electrocuted, and then poisoned, before he was suffocated to death. But, according to Dubai Police deputy commander, Major General Khamis Mattar al-Mazeina, new forensic test reports suggest that, at the time of his death, the Palestinian official was under the influence of succinylcholine, a powerful muscle-relaxant and sedative, which is often dispensed to patients in emergency hospital wards, because of its rapid onset. Major General al-Mazeina speculated that the Mossad hit squad injected al-Mabhouh with the muscle-relaxant in order to sedate him, thus minimizing the possibility of a physical struggle, in an attempt to make the Hamas official’s death appear natural. The initial police report into al-Mabhouh’s death suggested heart attack as the cause of death. But a subsequent autopsy revealed that the former Hamas commander had been violently suffocated by more than one culprit. Prior to his death, al-Mabhouh had survived at least two prior assassination attempts, in Syria and Lebanon.

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One Response to Al-Mabhouh was drugged, not electrocuted

  1. Van says:

    Related news:

    “Israel-U.S. startup linked to Dubai hit”

    “Employees at the Payoneer are still trying to understand what hit them: the Israeli startup company has faced a wave of unwanted publicity after Dubai police claimed that suspects in the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh used its credit card technology.

    Payoneer provides prepaid credit cards, which means holders can fill them with money and use them, without the card being tied to a standard bank account. Thirteen of the 27 suspects used prepaid MasterCards issued by MetaBank, a regional American bank, in order to purchase plane tickets and book hotel rooms, said the Dubai police. The police then tied MetaBank to Payoneer.

    Complicating matters even more is the fact that Payoneer CEO Yuval Tal was a commentator for Fox News during the Second Lebanon War, and described himself as a former Israeli special operations soldier.

    Tal told the Wall Street Journal last week that the company was very surprised by the news, but refused to comment on his service in the IDF. ”

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