Dubai Keystone Kops Hit Squad Entered the U.S.
March 1, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The puzzling assassination of a senior Hamas official staying at Dubai’s luxury Al Bustan Rotana hotel on January 19, by a group of 26 suspects carrying fake European or Australian passports, has now become even more interesting. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that at least two of the suspects entered the United States after the killing and there is no sign that they have left the country. United Arab Emirates authorities had previously released photos, passport information and closed-circuit TV footage of the 26 assassins, in an effort to identify members of the hit squad. Dubai officials have publicly linked the assassins, who were revealed donning various disguises, to Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency, but have not provided any evidence to support their claims.
According to the Wall Street Journal’s account:
“Records shared between international investigators show that one of the suspects entered the U.S. on Feb. 14, carrying a British passport, according to a person familiar with the situation. The other suspect, carrying an Irish passport, entered the U.S. on Jan. 21, according to this person.”
But since the passports are believe to have been falsely issued due to identity theft, the two suspects could easily have left the United States under different names and documents.
“There aren’t records of either man leaving the U.S., though investigators can’t be sure the two are still in the country, according to this person. Since the two were traveling with what investigators believe to be fraudulently issued passports, they may have traveled back out of the U.S. with different, bogus travel documents.”
Meanwhile, Dubai authorities have issued warrants for the arrests of the 26 suspects believed to be responsible for the killing of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. New details about his death reveal he was drugged with a muscle relaxant, before being suffocated to death.
Israel officials have denied any involvement in the killing.
See the Wall Street Journal for more.