Comment at end
4th March 2010
Arrest Netanyahu for the murder of gun-runner Mahmoud al-Mabhouh a senior Hamas commander? Hamas being an outlawed organisation in most civilised countries?
Have these people any idea how stupid they sound?
Any time anyone is killed by a foreign government’s spy agencies are we to expect that the police of the country in which the “crime” takes place will be after the foreign country’s political leader for it?
If so, can we shift them over here to Britain? We could do with somebody to charge Putin with the murder of Litvinenko!
DUBAI – Dubai police said they are seeking the arrest of Israel’s Prime Minister and the head of its spy agency over the murder of a top Hamas militant in a Dubai hotel room.
Police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim said he had issued the demand for the arrest warrants as he was now certain they ordered the hit on Mr Mahmoud Al Mabhouh.
“I have presented the (Dubai) prosecutor with a request for the arrest of (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and the head of Mossad (Meir Dagan),” said Lt Gen Tamim. “I am now completely sure that it was Mossad.”
Mr Mabhouh, a founder of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas organisation’s military wing, was found dead in a room of the Al Bustan Rotana hotel near Dubai’s airport on Jan 20.
Dubai police have identified 26 suspects from the hit squad murder they say bore the hallmarks of the Mossad. The Hamas man had been drugged and then suffocated.
Lt Gen Tamim said last month that Dubai would issue an arrest warrant for Mr Netanyahu if Israel was found to be implicated in the murder. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the plot.
Meanwhile, the right-hand man of Mr Mabhouh confirmed Israeli claims that his boss smuggled weapons from Iran to Palestinian militants in Gaza, according to an interview transcript released on Tuesday.
The aide, Damascus-based Mohammed Nassar, spoke to Hamas’ Al Aqsa radio in Gaza.
He and Mr Mabhouh fled Gaza in the late ’80s after capturing and killing two Israeli soldiers.
Mr Nassar did not reveal specifics about the dealings, but said his boss “never stopped thinking about how to fight the occupation by supplying quality weapons to the Palestinian fighters”.
“He participated with me in searching for weapons,” he said, according to the transcript.
Mr Nassar also said Mr Mabhouh knew he was being pursued. Before he left for Dubai, the latter reportedly said: “I feel like an army is chasing me.”
The aide warned that Hamas militants would avenge Mr Mabhouh’s killing with an attack inside Israel, but did not elaborate, saying only that it would be “soon”.
Police said the murder suspects entered Dubai on fake passports using the identities of 12 people from Britain, six from Ireland, four from France, three Australians and a German, before fleeing the Gulf emirate.
Australia is sending police to Israel to investigate how its passports were used in the elaborate plot.
Britain has already sent a special police investigator to Israel to meet with eight Israeli-British dual nationals whose identities were used in the slaying. Agencies
The wise are not in charge of Israel right now. Pardon? So Israeli and other spy agencies only kill terrorist supporters, leaders and murderers when “wise” leaders are running things? Oh, grow up.