Dubai Police May Seek Israeli PM’s Arrest Over Assassination

Police Chief Dismisses Israeli Claims Hamas Leader Was Meeting 'Iranian Officials'

Dubai police chief Lieutenant General Dahi Khaifan Tamim today warned that if it is proven that Mossad is behind last month’s assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in the city, they will seek an international arrest warrant against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli prime minister will be the first to be wanted for justice as he would have been the one who signed the decision to kill al-Mabhouh in Dubai,” insisted Lt. Gen. Khaifan.

Mabhouh, a top Hamas commander, was killed in a Dubai hotel shortly after arriving in the city. Israel has yet to directly confirm the killing, but has claimed that the militant was in Dubai to meet “Iranian officials.”

Lt. Gen. Khaifan dismissed the accusation, noting that Mabhouh could have just as easily stayed in Syria or gone to Iran if he wanted to meeting Iranian officials. Police say they have found no evidence Mabhouh was in Dubai on “business” for Hamas and warned both Israel and Hamas against using their city as a staging ground for future assassinations.

Author: Jason Ditz

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