`Israeli PM to be put on wanted list if Mossad`s links proved`
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 27, 2010, 20:59
Dubai: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be put on an international "wanted list" if it was conclusively proved that the Jewish state's spy agency 'Mossad' was behind the murder of a senior Hamas leader here, Dubai police chief warned on Saturday.

"Mossad chief Meir Dagan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will head the list (of an international arrest warrant) if it is proven that Mossad is behind the murder," Dubai police chief Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan said.

He accused Dagan of planning and executing the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel on January 20 in a cold-war style like murder.

Lt Gen Khalfan said that Dubai police still has many of the evidence against suspects in the crime, pointing out on the genetic fingerprint of "one of the perpetrators." Dubai police have published details of 26 suspects together with passport photographs and blamed Israel's secret service Mossad for the killing.

Khalfan said that most of the 26 people so far linked to the Mabhouh's murder are to be found in Israel.

"The majority of the murderers whose names have been announced ... are to be found in Israel," Khalfan told Arabic-language Al-Khaleej daily.

"Dagan, the boss, should admit the crime ... or present a categorical denial.. But his current attitude shows he is afraid. Let him be a man, and tell the truth," he said.

Israel has neither accepted nor denied its involvement in the murder. It has said there is no evidence of its involvement.

Twelve British, six Irish, four French, one German and three Australian passports were used by the Mossad suspects, according to Dubai police.

The murder of Mabhouh, whose body was found in a Dubai hotel room on January 20, has mounted international pressure on Israel after Dubai police said that Israeli agents, most using stolen Western identities, had carried out the hit.

Interpol has circulated warrants for the arrest of 11 suspects, after Dubai released their names and passport details.

Earlier, a Dubai police statement said that countries assisting in the probe have indicated that the passports were issued in an illegal and fraudulent manner, and the pictures on the travel documents did not correspond to the original owners.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, February 27, 2010, 20:59

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