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