Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

Death in Dubai: UK agents to meet ‘identity clone’ Britons

Foreign Secretary David Miliband has urged Israel to co-operate in a British investigation into the use of faked British passports in an alleged Mossad assassination
This combination image made from undated photos released by the Dubai Ruler's Media Office on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, which were claimed by Dubai's Police Chief to show eleven suspects wanted in connection with the killing of a Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in his Dubai hotel room
This undated photo released by the Dubai Ruler's Media Office on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, is claimed by Dubai's Police Chief to show a man named Peter Elvinger of French nationality, who the Dubai Police Chief identified as one of eleven suspects wanted in connection with the killing of a Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in his Dubai hotel room last month. (AP Photo/Dubai Ruler's Media Office)

UK agents will meet six dual British-Israeli nationals whose passports were used in the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) said.

The genuine British passport holders will be interviewed at the UK embassy as potential witnesses to a crime.

Dubai police said yesterday that forensic tests show Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was drugged and then suffocated in his hotel room.

In total 12 fake British passports were used in the hit, and British officers will meet the remaining six people who had their identities cloned in the near future. A Soca spokesman said: “We are arranging to speak to the six genuine passport holders who are resident in Israel as potential witnesses to a crime.”

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