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TRAVEL IMPACT NEWSWIRE โ€“ Edition 9 (2010) โ€“ 16 February 2010

The murder of Mahmoud Al Mabhouh

Footage from CCTV cameras shows a chronological timeline of the events that took place on the day that Hamas commander Mahmoud Al Mabhouh was assassinated.

Details of the prime suspects

The suspects include six British nationals, one French, one German and three Irish nationals, including one woman, Dubai Police Chief Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim told the press.

Video footage: Dubai to issue warrants for 11 in Hamas man's killing

February 16, 2010, Dubai (Gulf News): Dubai Police will issue arrest warrants for 11 suspects carrying European passports, believed to be the killers of Mahmoud Al Mabhouh, the senior Hamas commander who was assassinated in a Dubai hotel room last month.

Two Palestinians have already been arrested and are being investigated on suspicions that they provided logistical support to the killers, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police, said at a press conference held at the Media Office of the Dubai Government.

Some of the 11 suspects including a woman fled the country around the time of the crime on January 19. The Palestinians, however, are UAE residents, the police chief said.

Dubai Police managed to crack the case in less than 24 hours, Dahi said. "This is another achievement for Dubai Police."

A police video, combining CCTV footage from the Dubai airport, a number of hotels and shopping malls, showed the arrival of the suspects and Al Mabhouh into Dubai, their checking into various city hotels and the hours before the Palestinian commander was killed in room 230 in the Bustan Rotana Hotel, near the airport.

A surveillance team had followed the victim around the city. Some of the suspected killers disguised their appearance at various times.

"This is a highly sophisticated operation conducted by people who knew when Al Mabhouh would arrive in the country," Dahi said.

The suspects used "highly sophisticated communication instruments" and during their conversations they used encrypted messages, Dahi said. "The communication tools they used are not available in the UAE."

They came from several European countries and left to European destinations and one to Hong Kong. "We know where they are right now and even their residences," Dahi said.

"Arrest warrants through Interpol are being issued and if the European countries cooperated we will be highly appreciative but if they refused we will also reduce our cooperation with those authorities." He told Gulf News earlier that the UAE has no extradition treaties with many of those countries but the police expect full cooperation.

"In my personal opinion I think many parties are involved in the crime and all (Al Mabhouh's) enemies are potential suspects so it is not the time to point fingers at a certain party."

Dahi said the Hamas leader had arrived in Dubai from Damascus en route to Sudan and later to China. He was expected to be here for only one day.

Dubai holds two over Hamas murder

Two Palestinians have been arrested over the murder of a senior Hamas figure in the United Arab Emirates last month, police have said.

The Hamas movement has blamed Israeli agents for the killing of Mahmud al-Mabhouh in a hotel room in the emirate of Dubai on January 20.

Dhafi Khalfan, Dubai's police chief, said that he had not ruled out "the involvement of Mossad (Israel's intelligence agency) or other parties in the assassination", but that investigators were issuing arrest warrants for 11 suspects with European passports.

"Israel carries out a lot of assassinations in many countries, even in countries that it is allied to," Khalfan said.

Khaleej Times Editorial: Murder Most Foul

Murder has been the official policy of Israel and it has turned it into art after years of practice. The latest crime must be dealt with exemplary punishment. Authorities here believe that they have enough evidence and leads to go after the hired killers who have been traced to some European countries.§ion=middleeast

Hunt on for Mabhouh assassins

16 February 2010. DUBAI - The Dubai Police have put together incriminating footage of the immediate circumstances in which Hamas commander Mahmoud Al Mabhouh was killed in Dubai on January 20 and are in pursuit of 11 people who entered the UAE with European passports.§ion=theuae

Dubai accuses British passport holders of killing Hamas chief

Six British passport holders dressed in tennis clothes and wearing false beards and wigs were involved in the assassination of a senior Hamas commander in Dubai, police in the Gulf state have claimed.

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