Sunday, 16 May 2010

Son of Jewish Briton named as latest suspect in Dubai murder

Dubai police have now identified 33 people suspected of killing Hamas operative, most of them named through forged passports.

Dubai police have named another suspect in the January murder of a Hamas operative, media outlets reported on Sunday.

The latest suspect in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh is a British citizen with a valid passport, according to the Independent, unlike many of the others who were found to have entered the United Arab Emirates using forged identies.

According to the Independent, the 62-year-old suspect is the son a Jew who lived in Palestine until the outbreak of World War II, when he moved to Britain.

The Dubai police have transferred the suspect's name and passport information to the Interpol agency, said the Independent. The suspect, who is believed to be hiding now in western Africa, was identified by surveillance as having parked a car outside the hotel where Mabhouh was killed.

Dubai police have so far identified another 32 suspects in the murder. Five were identified just a little more than a week ago, as having traveled to the U.A.E with Australian, British and French passports

The Dubai authorities have described al-Mabhouh's assassination as a mix of clockwork precision and spy novel flare. They have accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of being behind the killing of al-Mabhouh.

The Dubai police previously released names of 27 suspects who traveled to Dubai on fake identities and forged European and Australian passports. The police also compiled a detailed flow chart-style diagram on the suspects' alleged roles in the slaying.

At least 15 of the suspected killers share names with Israeli citizens, further fueling suspicions the Mossad was behind the hit. Israel has maintained a policy of ambiguity on the killing, neither confirming nor denying involvement.

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