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.
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Interpol, the international policing body, has deemed the evidence gathered by the Dubai police (including material not made public) credible enough to issue arrest notices for all 27 suspects and join an international task force on the investigation.
While several governments are also looking into the matter, none but Dubai had mentioned Israel in connection with the killing until now.
On Feb. 22, the European Union issued a statement condemning the use of faked passports but did not mention Israel. Countries whose travel documents were forged summoned Israeli envoys to discuss the matter. Australia and Britain sent teams to Israel to look into the forgeries, meeting with dual citizens whose identities had been stolen.
The findings of the investigation led to Britain’s actions on Tuesday.
Message to Israel wasn't strong enough – analyst
While the announcement will offer validation to Dubai, Professor Abdulla says it could have sent a stronger message to Israel.
“This is just the minimum we would expect from the British government,” he says. “For a country that has [so many of] its passports stolen, you need some strong message of displeasure to be announced.”
Miliband said Britain had offered biometric passports to all 12 of its citizens whose identities were stolen. Britain is also rolling out biometric passports for all citizens.
“The actions in this case are completely unacceptable and they must stop,” said Miliband.
He said he handed Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman a letter yesterday asking that Israel confirm it would “never be party” to such an act again.