Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Israeli Agents Carried out Hit Say Police as Ambassador Is Grilled

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Israeli Agents Carried out Hit Say Police as Ambassador Is Grilled

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Byline: Martin Bentham Home Affairs Editor

PRESSURE mounted on Israel over the Mossad assassination row today as Dubai's police chief accused it of carrying out the killing and Britain demanded full cooperation with the inquiry.

While the Israeli ambassador was grilled at the Foreign Office, Dubai's Dahi Khalfan Tamim said he was "99 per cent certain" Mossad agents were "standing behind the murder" of Hamas military leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

The assassins are accused of using the cloned passports of six innocent dual British-Israeli citizens to enter the United Arab Emirates then mount a dramatic cloak-and-dagger murder operation before fleeing the country.

The Government has so far refused to criticise Israel over the assassination, carried out in a Dubai hotel room by a team at least 11 strong, despite fears that the use of the fake documents has put the lives of the Britons affected at risk.

But demands for a firmer public stance are certain to intensify after the comments by Mr Tamim, who is leading the murder inquiry.

He is reported as saying: "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." His allegation came as Israel's ambassador Ron Prosor was today questioned in Whitehall by Sir Peter Ricketts, head of Britain's diplomatic service, over his country's involvement.

After the meeting Foreign Secretary David Miliband declined to blame Mossad but said Mr Prosor had been told that the Government "hoped and expected" Tel Aviv will cooperate fully with Britain's investigation into the use of fake passports, which is being led by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

He said he was determined to "get to the bottom" of the matter and added: "Any interference with British passports is an outrage. …

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