Five new suspects in Dubai killing
Dubai, May 8, 2010
Dubai police have named five new suspects in the killing of a senior Hamas militant at a luxury hotel in the emirate, bringing the total number to 32, Al Arabiya news channel reported.
Police said two of the new suspects in Mahmoud Al Mabhouh'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 was quoted as saying in our sister publication, the Gulf Daily News..
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 killing of Mabhouh, a founder of the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, 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 hit 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 yesterday that it was investigating reports that a fifth Australian passport had been linked to the assassination.
Canberra has said all four Australian passport-holders named were the victims of identity fraud, and Foreign Minister Stephen Smith last month referred the investigation to the nation's spy agencies.
Dubai police chief General Dahi Khalfan has said Mabhouh was drugged and then suffocated in his hotel room, while Hamas has blamed the killing entirely on Israel and vowed revenge. – TradeArabia News Service