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PA says won't reveal identity of Dubai assassin suspects
Ynet News ^ | 16 Feb 2010 | n/c

Posted on 02/16/2010 1:28:35 AM PST by BlackVeil

The arrest of two Palestinians suspected of being involved in the assassination of a senior Hamas official in Dubai, as well as the publication of video clips depicting the assassins, has reignited the finger pointing between Hamas and Fatah.

Hamas claimed Tuesday that the two arrested men, who served in the Palestinian security forces, are proof that the Palestinian Authority played a role in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on January 20. The PA denied the allegations. "If they want, Hamas can reveal the identity of the suspects," challenged the PA.

Police in the United Arab Emirates announced Monday at the hotel in which the assassination took place that two Palestinians were arrested on suspicions that they were involved in the hit. According to a report in the al-Arabiya news network, Jordan handed over the two suspects to Dubai.

Al-Jazeera added that one member of the duo met with the cell's commander, a French citizen known as Peter Elvinger. The other man, according to the report, served in a security position in the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas spokesman, Ayman Taha, said Tuesday that the PA's involvement in Mabhouh's assassination stems from its defense cooperation with Israel. Taha called on UAE authorities not to keep information from Hamas. "This development obligates the Dubai authorities to allow for cooperation with representatives of the Hamas movement in the investigation," Taha asserted.

The PA has denied the allegations and claimed that two men were actually Hamas operatives. A spokesman for the Palestinian security forces,, Adnan al-Dmeiri, said that the two detainees received their rankings from the Palestinian police in the Gaza Strip and are members of the Islamic movement's militia.

"If their claims are correct, they can reveal the names of the suspects and the organizations in which they worked. We, for our part, do not want to reveal the names and are leaving this up to the Dubai police," said al-Dmeiri.

The Dubai Police are refusing in the meantime to reveal the suspects' identities, apparently in an effort to avoid embarrassing one of the parties.

If the two indeed are Hamas members, this would explain the Dubai Police's refusal to allow Hamas to participate in the investigations.

Meanwhile, Europe has not confirmed any connection with the European passport holders who apparently comprised the assassination ring. However, British government officials pointed fingers at the Mossad.

British newspaper Daily Telegraph reported Monday that there has been no verification of the alleged killers' identities. Among the 11 members of the ring, six of them held British passports, and three of them held Irish passports. Another member had German citizenship, and yet another, apparently the ring leader, held French citizenship.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assassination; dubai; fatah; hamas; israel; notmossad; pa; palestinianauthority; palestinians
More murky allegations.
1 posted on 02/16/2010 1:28:35 AM PST by BlackVeil
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To: BlackVeil

Here I thought it was Mossad. I should have known better. If they did it, they wouldn’t leave a trace.

2 posted on 02/16/2010 1:31:56 AM PST by chopperman
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To: chopperman

I think this story indicates that it was a Mossad hit with participation from PA figures. But who knows? It is also very strange that his bodyguards were not with him, they “couldn’t get seats” on the flight. That seems murky, and could only come from Syria.

3 posted on 02/16/2010 1:35:00 AM PST by BlackVeil
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To: chopperman

You are correct chopperman,
I initially thought them Joo’s did it.
Fun to see these dogs eating their own.
NOw if only we can exploit the suni shia differences and get them to kill each other.

4 posted on 02/16/2010 4:13:59 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy is little more than a quota boy.)
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To: Nachum; SunkenCiv; SJackson; Valentine_W
Some freepers believe it was Fatah. Whoever is behind it, it didn't remind me of Mossad.


.....Dubai police chief Khalfan has said he will issue an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if investigators show Mossad was behind the killing.

The police have also said they were questioning two Palestinians suspected of involvement in the murder. The two men, both residents of the United Arab Emirates, had "fled to Jordan" after the killing.

Khalfan said they were extradited from Jordan "three days ago," pointing to a "strong suspicion" against one of the two who had met a member of the suspected hit team before the assassination

5 posted on 02/16/2010 5:18:16 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: JustPiper

Fatah *ping*

6 posted on 02/16/2010 5:19:22 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: hennie pennie

Quite frankly, if this was done correctly, we’ll never know who actually is responsible. There is probably so much misinformation being thrown around, it’s difficult to even speculate.

7 posted on 02/16/2010 5:22:14 PM PST by Valentine_W
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To: Valentine_W
Well, it's still kind of interesting if a hit team of Palestinians took out someone whom the Mossad has been after for a very long time.

It didn't strike me as a Mossad hit, so I'll be interested to see what becomes public knowledge about the entire assassination. Very telling that the PA won't identify the two detained individuals.

8 posted on 02/16/2010 5:45:49 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: hennie pennie

Those 2 people probably don’t know anything real, what they do know will probably lead to false leads/false flags and more questions. We don’t know if this was Mossad and we don’t know if it was Hamas. It appears to me that he was betrayed by people he trusted. Who did it we will probably never know. This guy had a trail of enemies spanning the globe.

9 posted on 02/16/2010 5:58:21 PM PST by Valentine_W
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IMHO, any time an “assassination” of this type is vastly highlighted in the media, it usually means that there is a Gameplan & we will never know “who did it”. The focus, usually, is on the end result.

10 posted on 02/17/2010 9:18:17 PM PST by odds
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