x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

The movements of the Dubai hit team suspects

The events and movements of the Dubai hit team suspects, up to and including the murder of Mahmoud al Mabhouh.

Police said the main suspect is a man who used the name Peter Elvinger and carried a French passport. He is said to have been the gang's logistical co-ordinator and the one who booked room 237 in the Al Bustan Rotana hotel, down the corridor from the victim's room - number 230. The other suspects were identified as Gail Folliard, Kevin Daveron and Evan Dennings (all of whom are said to be Irish nationals); Paul John Keely, Stephen Daniel Hodes, Melvyn Adam Mildiner, Jonathan Louis Graham, James Leonard Clarke and Michael Lawrence Barney (all of whom are said to be British). Also wanted is a man identified as Michael Bodenheimer, who used a German passport.

Most of the suspects flew from Frankfurt, Paris, Rome and Zurich. Michael Bodenheimer travelled from Frankfurt. The suspects never made direct phones call to each other, instead making several calls to a number in Austria that police believe was a command centre. January 19, 2010 12.30am Kevin Daveron and Gail Folliard, both holding Irish passports, arrive in Dubai on Air France flight 526 from Paris.

1.21am Folliard checks into room 1102 of the Emirates Towers hotel. 1.31am Daveron checks in into room 3308 of the Emirates Towers. 2.29am Peter Elvinger, who is said to be 49 and holds a French passport, arrives at Dubai International Airport from Zurich. 2.36am Elvinger leaves the airport for a few minutes and later returns. He is suspected of meeting with one of the Palestinian suspects now in Dubai Police custody.

2.39am Elvinger meets with a team member in the airport before leaving in a taxi. 2.40am Another of the 11 suspects leaves the airport after Elvinger. 2.46am Elvinger checks in to room 518 in an unnamed Dubai hotel. 10.30am Elvinger visits an unidentified mall in Dubai. 10.30am Three other unidentified suspects arrive at Dubai Mall. 10.50am Folliard and Daveron arrive at Dubai Mall.

11.30am Folliard leaves the mall alone. 12.18pm Daveron leaves with one of the suspects. 12.41pm Two other unidentified suspects leave Dubai Mall. 1.37pm Daveron checks out from his room in the Emirates Towers. 1.45pm Daveron arrives at an unidentified hotel to use one of the bathrooms to disguise himself. 2.12pm The first surveillance team arrives at the Al Bustan Rotana hotel. The two suspects are wearing tennis clothes.

2.14pm Daveron arrives at the Fairmont hotel. 2.21pm Two other suspects arrive at the Fairmont. 2.30pm A suspect from a surveillance team arrives at a hotel anticipating the arrival of al Mabhouh. It is believed they were not certain where al Mabhouh was staying, so they had to send someone to another Dubai hotel that al Mabhouh frequented. The suspect leaves after he is told the target will check in to the Al Bustan Rotana.

2.41pm Elvinger checks out of his hotel. 3.21pm Folliard checks out of her hotel room in the Emirates Towers. 3.23pm Another suspect arrives at the Fairmont to join Daveron and other suspects. 3.19 pm A surveillance team awaits al Mabhouh's arrival at Dubai International Airport. 3.20pm Al Mabhouh leaves Dubai International Airport and is tracked by a member of the team.

3.25pm Folliard goes to another Dubai hotel's bathroom to disguise herself, putting on a brown wig to hide her blonde hair. 3.25pm Al Mabhouh arrives at the Al Bustan Rotana. He is followed by two members of the gang to determine room he will be staying in. His room number is communicated to the other members of the group. 3.47pm Folliard and Daveron join other suspects at the Fairmont.

3.51pm Elvinger uses the business centre of a Crowne Plaza hotel. There, he books room 237 in the Al Bustan Rotana as well as outbound flight. 4.03pm A new surveillance team arrives at the Al Bustan Rotana. 4.14pm Daveron leaves the Fairmont for the Al Bustan Rotana. 4.16pm Folliard leaves the Fairmont with some of the other suspects and heads towards the Al Bustan Rotana.

4.23 pm Al Mabhouh leaves the Al Bustan Rotana and he is followed by a suspect. 4.25pm Daveron arrives at the Al Bustan Rotana. 4.33pm Elvinger checks into room 237 of the Al Bustan Rotana. 4.40pm Elvinger leaves the hotel after giving his key to Daveron. 6.34pm Members of the suspected execution team arrive at the Al Bustan Rotana. 6.41pm Two surveillance teams are replaced by two others.

7.30pm Elvinger leaves the country through Dubai International Airport. 8.00pm Police suspect that, at this point, the execution team tried and failed to enter al Mabhouh's room. The door access control panel showed a failed attempt to reprogramme the door to room 230. 8.00pm Daveron, posing as a member of the hotel staff, gives the signal to the rest of the crew to withdraw after a hotel guest enters the corridor.

8.24pm Al Mabhouh returns to the hotel. 8.27pm Folliard and Daveron monitor the corridor while the execution team act. 8.46pm The execution team leaves the hotel. 8.47pm Folliard leaves the hotel with another suspect. 8.51pm Daveron leaves the hotel. 8.52pm The surveillance teams leave the hotel. 10.30pm Daveron and Folliard leave the country for Paris. Evan Dennings departs to Zurich four hours after the crime; James Leonard Clarke leaves after 12 hours for Frankfurt; Melvyn Adam Mildiner and Stephen Daniel Hodes leave for South Africa after two hours; Michael Bodenheimer and Jonathan Louis Graham head for Hong Kong after three hours; and Michael Lawrence Barney leaves after 10 hours for Frankfurt.

January 20 1.30 pm Al Mabhouh is found dead in his room. Staff open the door to the victim's room, which was locked from the inside with the latch and chain in place. Initial medical reports stated that the cause of the death was an increase in blood pressure in the brain.