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Dubai Police almost certain of Mossad involvement in murder

Interpol has issued red notices for the eleven suspects involved in the murder of senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud al Mabhouh, in Dubai.

DUBAI // Interpol has issued red notices for the 11 suspects in the murder of the senior Hamas leader, Mahmoud al Mabhouh, on January 19, with Dubai's police chief confirming that the Israeli foreign intelligence service Mossad was involved. Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim told The National that Interpol issued the notices for the suspects, who have been identified as being behind the killing. "The red notices were issued with the names and features, based on evidence we provided, the notices were issued based on evidence we provided to the Interpol,"said Gen Tamim. The suspects identified by Dubai Police were six British, three Irish, one German and one French. However, since the revealing of the identities the government of these countries had said that the passports are fake or bore fake identities. Gen Tamim also confirmed for the first time that their investigations indicate that Mossad were behind al Mabhouh's murder. "Our investigations reveal that Mossad is involved in the murder of al Mabhouh. It is 99 per cent, if not 100 per cent that Mossad is standing behind the murder," said Gen Tamim. The evidence that Dubai Police have shows a clear link between the suspects and people with a close connection to Israel, according to Gen Tamim. However, he did not disclose what the evidences were. Earlier Gen Tamim had said if it is proven that Mossad is responsible for the killing of al Mabhouh "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 kill [Mahmoud] al Mabhouh in Dubai' and that an arrest warrant will be issued against him. However, today Gen Tamim declined to comment on whether the UAE authorities is to issue an arrest warrant for Mr Netanyahu. Mr al Mabhouh arrived in the UAE on January 19 about 3.15pm and was dead within five hours, police have said. His assailants had been in the country less than 24 hours before the killing and left before his body was discovered in his hotel, the Al Bustan Rotana in Al Garhoud. Mr al Mabhouh, 50, was a founder of Hamas's military wing, the Ezzedeen al Qassam Brigades. He was wanted by the Israeli government in connection with the kidnappings of two Israeli soldiers in 1989. wissa@thenational.ae