Israeli ‘mastermind’ of Dubai assassination dies

Dubai Police had sought Meir Dagan’s arrest over his involvement in the Al Mabhouh assassination

Dubai: Former Israeli spy chief Meir Dagan has died at age 71.

Dagan, who directed the Mossad from 2002 to 2011, was wanted in UAE for his alleged role in the Dubai assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in January 2010.

Former Dubai Police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim had said in 2010 that he planned to ask the Dubai prosecutor to issue arrest warrants for ... [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and the head of Mossad”. Tamim, who at the time said that he was “99 per cent sure” that the Mossad had carried out the assassination, had also called on Interpol to arrest Dagan.

On January 19, 2010, the Palestinian commander of the Islamist Hamas group Mahmoud Al Mabhouh was found dead in his room at the Al Bustan Rotana hotel in Dubai. Investigations later revealed that his death was caused by a sophisticated plot by a team of 26 suspects, believed to be Israelis who arrived in Dubai on forged Western passports. The incident caused a diplomatic crisis between Israelis and a number of its Western allies whose passports were forged. The Israeli regime denied that it was involved.

Israel had shrugged off calls for Dagan’s arrest, saying the Dubai Police chief had provided no incriminating proof, according to media reports. Read more...


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