Monday, February 22, 2010

Killing blamed on Hamas traitor as passport showdown looms

By Ben Lynfield in Jerusalem
The Independent

"Hamas last night vigorously denied that a renegade from its own ranks helped set up the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room last month, a shock claim made by Dubai's police chief, as echoes from the killing and its investigation continued to resound in the Middle East and Europe.

Gulf News and al-Khaleej newspapers in the United Arab Emirates yesterday quoted the police chief, Lieutenant-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, as saying that a Hamas member played a significant role in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. The Dubai police believe the primary perpetrators came from Israel's Mossad agency. General Tamim said the Hamas member leaked information on Mr Mabhouh's whereabous to the suspected assassins......"

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