British citizen among Mossad assassins intrigues investigators

Christopher Lockwood

Lockwood

By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
Only a handful of the 33 members of an Israeli assassination squad, who killed a senior Hamas member in Dubai last January, carried non-fraudulent passports. Most of the assassins, who in all probability worked for Kidon, an elite assassination unit within Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, used forged British, Irish, German, Australian, and other passports. Dubai officials investigating the murder of Hamas weapons procurer Mahmoud al-Mabhouh have identified at least one British citizen among non-fraudulent passport holders in the Mossad assassination team: he is 62-year-old Christopher Lockwood (photo), who helped facilitate al-Mabhouh’s assassination by transporting some of the Mossad members around Dubai “in a [rented] white minivan with tinted windows”. Acting on a warrant from Interpol, British investigators discovered that Lockwood had used identity papers identifying him as British-born Yehuda Lustig, to change his name to Christopher Lockwood. But the real Yehuda Lustig, born in Scotland to Jewish parents in the 1950s, had been killed in combat at the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Lockwood was able to use the late Yehuda Lustig’s identity to apply for a British passport before legally changing his name to Lockwood. Interestingly, international investigators have not been able to trace Lockwood at residential addresses to which he is connected in France and the UK. Furthermore, a search in Britain has failed to detect any tax returns, television license payments or public-health records for Lockwood. Commenting on the case, The Wall Street Journal suggests that the chances of arresting Lockwood and other Mossad operatives involved in the al-Mabhouh assassination have significantly diminished, thanks partially to the lack of “cooperation from some governments that support Israel”.

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