Britain says 'compelling' evidence Israel linked to Dubai assassination
Britain Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Tuesday that 12 British passports used in the Dubai assassination plot were forged when they were handed over to Israel for inspection.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Tuesday that there are "compelling reasons to believe that Israel was responsible" for the forging of British passports used in the Dubai assassination of a Hamas official.Skip to next paragraph
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“The passports used were copied from genuine British passports when handed over for inspection” to Israel, Mr. Miliband told Parliament. It is "highly likely (the forgeries) were made by a state intelligence service,” he said.
Miliband's comments, together with his promised expulsion of a diplomat from Israel's London Embassy, offer the first apparent confirmation of Dubai Police Chief Dahi Khalfan’s claim that Israel was involved in the Jan. 19 attack.
“This just gives credibility to what Dahi Khalfan already said, that he was 99 percent sure” that Mossad carried out the attack, says Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a politicial scientist at Emirates University in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Dubai police set off chain of international investigation
Dubai police pointed the finger at Israel more than a month ago for the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior member of the Palestinian militant group who Israel alleged helped smuggle guns from Iran to Gaza.
Police released detailed video footage that showed the suspects following Mabhouh at the Dubai airport and at his hotel.