Dubai names five new suspects in Hamas murder
May 7 2010
Total number of suspected Mossad agents involved in Dubai assassination reaches 32.
DUBAI – Dubai police have named five new suspects in the assassination of a senior Hamas official at a hotel in the Gulf emirate, bringing the total number to 32, Al-Arabiya news channel reported on Friday.
The murder is widely believed to be carried out by the Mossad, Israel’s notorious secret service.
Police said two of the new suspects in Mahmud al-Mabhuh’s assassination in January held French passports, another two travelled on British passports, and the other, a woman, had an Australian passport, the Dubai-based channel said.
It gave the names in Arabic, while Dubai police were not reachable for comment.
International police agency Interpol has already issued arrest notices for 27 suspects wanted by Dubai in connection with the murder of Mabhuh, who was found dead in his Dubai hotel room on January 20.
The assassination has caused diplomatic tension over the alleged falsification of Western passports by Israel’s Mossad spy agency.
London in March kicked out an Israeli diplomat citing “compelling reasons” to believe that Israel was responsible for the misuse of British passports.
The Dubai police had said 12 people linked to the murder used cloned British passports, four had French travel documents, six carried Irish passports and one used a German identity.
Four Australian passports were also used in the operation.
Meanwhile, two Palestinians were arrested in Jordan and extradited to Dubai over connections to the killing, according to police.
Australia said on Friday that it was investigating reports that a fifth Australian passport had been linked to the assassination.
Dubai police chief General Dahi Khalfan has said Mabhuh was drugged and then suffocated in his hotel room.
The emirate’s security service showed surveillance video footage from Mabhuh’s hotel detailing the movements of the alleged assassination squad. Source