Interpol has issued red notices (good luck) for the 11 suspects in the murder of the senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud al Mabhouh, on January 19, with Dubai's police chief confirming that the Israeli foreign intelligence service Mossad was involved. Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim told The National that Interpol issued the notices for the suspects, who have been identified to stand behind the killing. “The red notices were issued with the names and features, based on evidence we provided, the notices were issued based on evidence we provided to the Interpol,”said Gen Tamim.
The Interpol Red Notices will be issued in the phony names of the Mossad agents, but there are "real" people with these names living in Israel and elsewhere, WTH ?
Dubai authorities described an 11-member team that swooped into the Gulf city-state last month on a mission to kill al-Mabhouh and then fanned out with clockwork precision to Europe, Asia and South Africa in less than 24 hours.
Dubai's police chief, Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, ran through the details at a news conference Monday, describing suspects who donned fake beards or wigs and shadowed al-Mabhouh so closely they even rode in the same elevator with him at a luxury hotel.
The wanted list was topped by an alleged mastermind carrying a French passport and others traveling on European passports: six British, three Irish and a German. But it quickly came under dispute. Ireland said three suspects' names do not appear on any passport registry. Britain and Germany said the passport details cited by Dubai do not appear genuine. The consul-general of France in Dubai, Nada Yafi, declined to comment on the case.
One of the British suspects — identified as Melvyn Adam Mildiner — told The Associated Press the passport photo on the Dubai wanted flier is not him but the passport number was correct. "Wow, I didn't know that (the number) was out. That's horrid," said Mildiner, who has dual British-Israeli citizenship and was reached by phone in Israel. "That is a bit bizarre," he said, adding: "I have never been to Dubai."
At least three other people with the same names as the alleged suspects — identified by Dubai police as Britons Paul John Keeley and Stephen Daniel Hodes, and German passport holder Michael Bodenheimer — live in Israel, according to Israel's Channel 2 TV.
Keeley and Hodes denied any link to the slaying. Channel 2 reached Bodenheimer's daughter, who called the Dubai allegations a "mistake." "I have never been to Dubai. I don't know what is happening. I am simply afraid," Hodes told Channel 2. Both Hodes and Keeley said the passport photos distributed by Dubai police were fake.
Hamas has acknowledged that al-Mabhouh was involved in the kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers in 1989. Israeli officials have accused al-Mabhouh of helping smuggle rockets into the Gaza Strip, the coastal territory ruled by the militant group. "No one wanted to assassinate him but Israel," said al-Mabhouh's brother, Fayek, in Gaza's Jabaliya refugee camp.
Other elements also brought added scrutiny on Dubai, including how investigators pieced together the evidence or why such an apparently well-planned operation would overlook Dubai's wide-ranging security cameras. It all adds up to something far less definitive than Tamim's presentation, which included video surveillance clips of both the alleged killers and al-Mabhouh. His body was found Jan. 20 in room 230 at the Al-Bustan Rotana Hotel near Dubai's international airport.
Tamim described a well-organized and disciplined team — with a penchant for simple disguises — as responsible for the slaying of al-Mabhouh, a founder of Hamas' military wing. Tamim said the suspects arrived in Dubai at different times, checked into separate hotels and tailed al-Mabhouh from the moment of his arrival. They paid for all expenses in cash and used cell phone cards to avoid being traced while calling a "command center" in Austria. Some of the Austrian numbers provided by Dubai police went to automated voice mail accounts.
Surveillance footage shows the female suspect apparently wearing a wig and at times a big hat and sunglasses to blend in as a tourist. Others were also disguised as vacationers, wearing baseball caps or tennis outfits and carrying rackets. Tamim said some suspects had fake beards. He said forensic tests indicate al-Mabhouh died of suffocation, and lab tests were being done to pinpoint other possible factors in his death.
The slaying took just 10 minutes, Tamim said. Four assassins entered his room while he was out, using an electronic device to open the door, and waited for al-Mabhouh. The team then headed for the airport, some of them flying to Europe and others to Asia or South Africa, he said. All left the country within 19 hours of arriving in Dubai, one of seven semiautonomous emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.
The suspects identified by Dubai Police were six British, three Irish, one German and one French. However, since the revealing of the identities the government of these countries had said that the passports are fake or bore fake identities. Gen Tamim also confirmed for the first time that their investigations indicate that Mossad stand behind al Mabhouh’s murder. “Our investigations reveal that Mossad is involved in the murder of al Mabhouh. It is 99 per cent, if not 100 per cent that Mossad is standing behind the murder,” said Gen Tamim.
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