Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Hamas death in Dubai: Details of suspects released

Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police displaying pictures of the 11 wanted suspects
Source: Bloomberg, Gulf News
Photo: WAM
Dubai Public Prosecution issued international arrest warrants for all suspects involved in the murder of a senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, last month.
“The United Arab Emirates has international judicial cooperation with most of the world’s countries, allowing it to seek their extradition wherever they may be captured,” Attorney General Essam Essa al-Humaidan wrote in an e-mailed statement today.
Dubai police on Feb. 15 released names and photographs of 11 suspects they say took part in al-Mabhouh’s murder. Two Palestinians were detained in connection with the killing, Police Chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim said at a press conference yesterday. The 11 suspects included six British passport holders, three Irish, one German and one of French nationality, Tamim said. Dubai will submit their names to Interpol for arrest warrants, he said.
Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha told Al Arabiya television today that the French Foreign Ministry contacted the organization and said the French passport used by one of the suspects was forged.
Al-Mabhouh, a founder of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Hamas movement, arrived in Dubai on Jan. 19 and his body was found in his hotel there the following day. Police believe he died of suffocation, although they have not ruled out “electric shock,” Tamim said. Further tests are being conducted, he said.
Hamas has accused Israel’s Mossad spy agency of being behind the killing. The Israeli government, which has no diplomatic relations with the U.A.E., had no comment on the matter. Tamim said that Dubai has not ruled out any possibility in al-Mabhouh’s death.
Israel accused al-Mabhouh of being behind the kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers in the Gaza Strip in 1988. Most of those alleged to have been involved in the soldiers’ deaths have since been detained or killed by Israel, including Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, who died in an Israeli strike in 2004.

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