US money transfer firms linked to Dubai killing of Hamas official

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh


Preliminary results of an ongoing international investigation into the January 2010 murder of a senior Hamas official show that US-based money transfer companies were used to finance the killing. 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, 2010. His murder is widely believed to have been the work of a multi-member hit squad operating under the command of Israeli external intelligence agency Mossad. But, according to American newspaper The Wall Street Journal, the funds used by the Israeli hit squad members during the assassination operation came from fund transfers in the United States. The transfers were facilitated through several online companies regularly used by multinational corporations to fund employees stationed in countries or territories that lack a developed banking sector. Citing unnamed “American investigators” cooperating in the al-Mabhouh murder probe, the paper alleges that the funds were transferred to 13 pre-paid MasterCard Inc.-branded credit cards, which were also issued in the US. They were then used by the Mossad assassins to cover operational expenses, including meals, hotel bills and airline transportation. The Journal notes that “a US official familiar with the investigation” says the money-transfer companies had no “way of knowing the money would be used in the [assassination] plot”.

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One Response to US money transfer firms linked to Dubai killing of Hamas official

  1. transfer says:

    It is very bad that US money transfer firms linked to Dubai killing of Hamas official…

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