x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Police would issue arrest warrant for Israeli PM if Mossad is behind Dubai killing

Netanyahu 'would be top of the wanted list' if Israel killed a Hamas official in the emirate.

DUBAI // The Israeli prime minister would be at the top of the wanted list if the Israeli foreign intelligence service, Mossad, is behind the killing of a senior Hamas official who was found dead in a hotel in the city last month, the chief of Dubai Police said today. Lt Gen, Dahi Khalfan Tamim told The National: "Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will be the first to be wanted for justice as he would have been the one who signed the decision to assassinate [Mahmoud] al Mabhouh in Dubai. We will issue an arrest warrant against him." He did not, however, assert that Mossad was definitively responsible for the killing. Lt Gen Tamim had said the method used to kill Mr al Mabhouh, was a "Mossad method" but did not elaborate. He added that Mossad "has carried out operations" in the past using similar procedures. Dubai Police had also earlier said only that the involvement of Mossad could not be ruled out. wissa@thenational.ae