Arrest head of Mossad, Dubai police chief says

An international arrest warrant for the head of Mossad should be issued following the assassination of a Hamas militant in Dubai, the emirate’s police chief has said.

By Gordon Rayner and Martin Evans

Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim directly accused Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency of orchestrating the hit on Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

He said Interpol should now seek out those those responsible and called for “a red notice against the head of Mossad” to be issued.

He said: “Our investigations reveal that Mossad is involved in the murder of (Mahmoud) al-Mabhouh. It is 99 percent, if not 100 percent, that Mossad is standing behind the murder.”

Israel has maintained its “policy of ambiguity” on security, refusing to confirm the involvement of Mossad, which is now run by former army general Meir Dagan.

Interpol has now issued warrants for the 11 members of the alleged hit squad who used false EU passports, including British ones, to travel to Dubai in order to kill al-Mabhouh.

David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, has described the use of fake British passports in the assassination as an “outrage” and has said he remains determined to “get to the bottom of” the affair.

The identities of six Britons living in Israel were stolen by members of an alleged hit squad which killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.

Mr Miliband spoke out after the Israeli ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, was called to the Foreign Office to discuss the affair, which is rapidly escalating into a major diplomatic crisis.

“We wanted to give Israel every opportunity to share with us what it knows about this incident,” Mr Miliband said.

“We hope and expect that they will co-operate fully with the investigation that has been launched by the Prime Minister and will be undertaken by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.”

Mr Miliband denied that the UK Government was merely “going through the motions” of asking questions about the incident.

“There’s obviously been a very serious incident involving British passports… we think it is right to have the investigation the Prime Minister has launched,” he said.

“That is not going through the motions, that is the rightful business of government.”

He added: “We want to get to the bottom of the issues of the fraudulent use passports and their potential use. That is the most important thing to do.”

Mr Prosor, who spent less than an hour discussing the matter with Sir Peter Ricketts, the head of the diplomatic service, said: “I was unable to add additional information to Sir Peter Ricketts’s request.”

 The father of senior Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh with a photo of his son

The father of senior Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh with a photo of his son

Meanwhile the Israeli ambassador to Ireland insisted he knew nothing about how three faked Irish passports also came to be used by the alleged killers.

After an hour-long meeting with Irish diplomats in Dublin, Dr Zion Evrony said he was under no obligation to address the international incident in public.

He said: “I was invited to a meeting with the Secretary General (David) Cooney. I told him I don’t know anything about the event – beyond that it is not customary to share the content of diplomatic meetings.”

Dr Evrony had been summoned to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs to explain why three genuine Irish passport numbers were on forged papers used by the 18-strong alleged hit squad.

Conservative leader David Cameron said Israel must provide assurances that it would never sanction the use of UK papers in operations by its secret service.

Mr Cameron also called for answers from the Government about when it knew that falsified documents in the names of British citizens were used in the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in his Dubai hotel room on 20 January.

The Dubai authorities have said they contacted the British Government at the end of January to ask for assistance with the case.

“At the very least, we need some assurances about the future to make sure whatever has happened in the past can’t happen again, and I would expect the Government to ask some pretty tough questions,” Mr Cameron said.

A senior Foreign Office source told The Daily Telegraph: “If the Israelis were responsible for the assassination in Dubai, they are seriously jeopardising the important intelligence-sharing arrangement that currently exists between Britain and Israel.

“Britain has cut ties with Mossad in the past, and will do so again if the Israelis are found to be acting against British interests.”

But Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said there is no reason to believe that Mossad was involved and shrugged off suggestions that ties between Israel and Britain could be strained over the affair.

“There is no reason to think that it was the Israeli Mossad and not some other intelligence service or country up to some mischief,” he said.

“I think Britain recognises that Israel is a responsible country and that our security activity is conducted according to very clear, cautious and responsible rules of the game. Therefore we have no cause for concern.”

Dubai has now increased its list of suspects to at least 18, including the 11 people identified earlier this week, two Palestinians in custody and five others.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that two women – one of whom travelled on an Irish passport in the name of Gail Folliard – are among the suspects.

Six British passport holders, three Irish, a German and a man with a French passport made up the alleged hit team.

The UK has said the passports they used were fake documents using the identities of British nationals all living in Israel, while Ireland said that it had never issued passports in the names of those implicated in the assassination.

But Dubai police insist the European passports were not fakes, according to a report in the local Al-Bayan newspaper.

“Dubai police has more evidence, apart from the tapes and photos that were revealed earlier,” police chief Dahi Khalfan was quoted as saying. “The coming days will carry more surprises which will leave no room for doubt.”

He said that Dubai immigration officers were “trained” by European security experts to spot such fake passports.

“This training qualifies immigration officers to spot fake passports. They applied these procedures at Dubai airport when the alleged (killers) entered the country,” he said. “No forgery was found in those passports.”

The Serious and Organised Crime Agency, which has a unit based at the British Embassy in Dubai, has begun its own investigation into the identity thefts.

Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has stressed the importance of protecting the status of the British passport.

“We have got to carry out a full investigation into this,” said Mr Brown. “The British passport is an important document that has got to be held with care. A British passport is an important part of being British.

“The evidence has got to be assembled about what has actually happened and how it happened and why it happened and it is necessary for us to accumulate that evidence before we can make statements.”

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13 Responses to "Arrest head of Mossad, Dubai police chief says"

  1. nate  June 29, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Who are you to comment strongheart !Your a bad father who cant even give a gift to your new baby boy grandchild just born because you molested his mom.And now
    more I see and here you trying to get me to say I made this up.I know your evil trying to network someone elses daughter.The Rainbows dont want you,The army dont
    want you your kids dont want you, you getting the picture yet.Come clean make amends
    and do your time for the crime.For one who has abanded 4 kids because you chose to have hookers than your wife and kids and got caught .

  2. Frisco  February 22, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Do the suicide bombers or terrorists care about due process?

  3. D Costa  February 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    All nations need to wage wars against Israel and Zionist criminals everywhere. These powerhungry, greedy and cruel beasts should be destroyed once and for all. US and other countries stop killing Arabs, blacks and Pakistanis. They are not the problem. Use all your resources to attack the criminal state that bleeds America, that gets our soldiers killed, that perpetrates all crimes on humanity and then tells all of the lies. There can never be any peace until this tyrant, this monster is destroyed. US boldiers you are killing the wrong people while supporting the very enemy that is causing all of the disasters to the nations. Nation after nation is being destroyed by this cruel beast who is asking for more blood and never satisfied–more money, more lives. more land, more weapons and “poor me” while killing others. As you can see I have had it and I am sick of these criminals. These criminals are interfering with everything I do. They listen to my phone conversations, intrude into my internet activities to see what I do and block my email and block these comments I try to post, they watch every move I make and they tamper with my mail and it is not Arabs. These things are done by Zionist Jews and those Askanazis yes those criminals. They are the only criminals. I have experienced who they are. They are the liars, looters, thieves, child molesters, bank robbers, funders of politicians, gangs and the Christian right yes the mega churches. Their blood is all over. Their tentacles are all over. They can be wolves in sheep clothing but their theme is the same. More war, more evil, more money, more blood, more manipulation and more brainwashing and more lies.

  4. D Costa  February 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    See how the Israeli criminals go to different countries to commit crime while using English passports and how they lie about their criminal activities. Forget about Arabs they are not the real problem. The real problem is Israel and Netanyahu needs to be arrested. This is a very arrogant man who lies like the rest of them. This man takes our money and weapons given to Israel free, allows crime on humanity and pokes his nose into the business of other countries while showing off to the world he is a great leader. How dare this man thinks that only he can have nukes and not the Arabs. All Arab countries should have nukes and thay should have plenty of them to protect their citizens. Netanyahu and his people dont have the exclusive right to life. Arabs have the right to their life as much as Netabhahu and his people. Israel you are a criminal state and you will be punished. Your days are numbered. You are causing too much trouble to too many nations. You need to be throughly disciplined. It is time.

  5. Lese Majeste  February 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Law? What law? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges.

    Israel has been killing Americans, stealing from Americans and spying on Americans for so long, without any repercussions, only rewards of more welfare money, that they’re getting sloppy in their murderous activities.

    List of Member States–Interpol

    Iceland | India | Indonesia | Iran | Iraq | Ireland | Israel | Italy

    Since Israel is an Interpol member, ya’ think they’ve already rounded up those assassins?

    Right, rounded them up to award them some medals and stolen loot for a job well done.

    No one will be brought to justice for this murder. What are you, some kind of anti-Semite?

  6. Frisco  February 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Interpol should give (if it is them) Israel a medal and Nobel Peace Prize for getting rid of these terrorists. Thank God for Israel. GO ISRAEL!

  7. Jim Delaney  February 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    It’s now official – there’s no actual shortage of Holocaust Survivors

    Quote from The Holocaust Industry by Norman G. Finkelstein of the City University of New York, published by Verso in the year 2000:

    ‘The Israeli Prime Minister’s office recently put the number of “living Holocaust survivors” at nearly a million.’ (page 83)

  8. Jerry Strongheart  February 18, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    These are what is Called the False Jews in the Book of Revelations…But just the Chain of Command…..And work Here in America. too….How Long before they will be Killing Americans, In fact are they already at Work in some of Our Losses…????
    CIA Hired Doctors are at Work in the VA, that’s Been Happening for a Long Time….
    Planting Chips in the Non-Cooperators….

  9. Lese Majeste  February 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Can you imagine what would’ve happened if Iran sent in an assassin team to some country and executed a Jew?

    Mushroom clouds would already be popping up over Tehran, but since it’s Israel that committed the murder, hey, chill out, it’s kosher!

    Yes, Israel is such a ‘peace’ loving state.

    That’s why the IDF is on the border of Lebanon right now, making war like noises and AGAIN threatening to invade.

    The only ‘peace’ Israel wants is:

    A ‘piece’ of Syria; a ‘piece’ of Jordan; a ‘piece’ of Iraq; a ‘piece’ of Saudi Arabia; a ‘piece’ of Turkey; a ‘piece’ of Egypt; a ‘piece’ of Lebanon and whatever ‘pieces’ are left of Palestine after Apartheid Israel finishes its campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians.

    That ‘light unto nations’ is the glow of a radioactive cloud, called SAMPSON.

    The war in Iraq was conceived by 25 neoconservative intellectuals, most of them Jewish, who are pushing President Bush to change the course of history.

    What is the war about?….It is being fought to consolidate a new world order, to create a new Middle East.

    [Tom] Friedman laughs: I could give you the names of 25 people (all of whom are at this moment within a five-block radius of this office) who, if you had exiled them to a desert island a year and a half ago, the Iraq war would not have happened.

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