Dubai police: 99 per cent sure it was Mossad

Police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim has told a UAE newspaper that he is almost 100 percent certain that Israeli intelligence agency Mossad are behind the killing of Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

By Jessica Elgot, February 18, 2010
CCTV aptured the assassins before and after they murdered the Hamas commander

CCTV aptured the assassins before and after they murdered the Hamas commander

The Dubai Police Chief has said he is almost 100 per cent certain the killing of a Hamas commander in Dubai was the work of Mossad.

Police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim told The National newspaper in the United Arab Emirates that Israeli intelligence service Mossad were behind the murder of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh at a luxury hotel in the capital.

He said: "It is 99 percent, if not 100 percent, that Mossad is standing behind the murder."

He also repeated his claims that he would seek an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu if Mossad were found to be behind the killings.

Israel’s Foreign Secretary Avigdor Lieberman told Israel’s Army Radio that there was “no reason to believe Israel was involved”.

He added: "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."

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has also been brought in to investigate the use of British documents.

Israel’s ambassador Ron Prosor will attend a meeting at the Foreign Office to discuss the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, where the British passports of Israeli immigrants were used to conceal the identity of some of the killers.

A Foreign Office spokesman said the meeting was because of the “links to Israel of a number the British nationals affected.”

At least seven of the members of the Dubai assassination team, who killed Mr al-Mabhouh, had passports with the names of real people, six British and one German.

All of the “real names” were men who had made aliyah to Israel.

Last updated: 4:52pm, February 18 2010