March 23, 2010
This is an update on the assasination of Mahmud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room on January 20. Our past story about it is here, along with video.
Video from the stories below may be found here from CNN.
London, England (CNN) — There are “compelling reasons” to believe the Israeli government was responsible for forging British passports used in a plot to kill a Hamas leader in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Tuesday.
“Such misuse of British passports is intolerable,” Miliband said, adding that the fact that Israel was an ally of the United Kingdom “only adds insult to injury.”
The passports were “copied from genuine British passports” in a “highly sophisticated operation,” indicating a government was behind it, Miliband told the House of Commons.
Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency concluded that the 12 British people whose passports were cloned where “wholly innocent victims of identity theft,” the foreign secretary said.
The UK expelled an Israeli diplomat and changed the advice it gives its citizens about traveling to Israel as a result of the scandal, Miliband said. He did not name the diplomat or say what rank the envoy held.
From Al Jazeera:
He said that Israel had put British nationals at risk and showed a “profound disregard” for the country’s sovereignty.Miliband said the foreign office would also be changing its travel advice to Israel.
Al Jazeera has learned that the expelled diplomat is probably Mossad’s London representative, the Israeli spy agency accused by the UAE of being behind the killing Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.