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Dubai's top 11 suspects in Mabhouh's assassination.
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Ireland confirms 'Irish' Dubai killers don't exist
By Avi Issacharoff and Jack Khoury, Haaretz Correspondents, and Agencies
Tags: Israel Dubai, Israel news 
 

The three Irish passport-holders accused of taking part in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month do not exist, Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday.

The trio of alleged Irishmen identified Monday in Dubai as Gail Folliard, Evan Dennings and Kevin Daveron do not appear in Ireland's records of legitimate passport-holders, said the government.

"We are unable to identify any of those three individuals as being genuine Irish citizens. Ireland has issued no passports in those names," the department said in a statement.
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The government added that the Irish passport numbers publicized by Dubai authorities also are counterfeits, because they have the wrong number of digits and contain no letters.

British government sources told the Daily Telegraph earlier Tuesday that the three Irish passport-holders were most likely Mossad agents carrying false documentation.

The Telegraph report came one day after Dubai Police Chief Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim announced that senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was murdered by an 11-member hit squad of mercenaries carrying European passports.

The group was responsible for killing the Hamas commander in his hotel room on January 20, a slaying that has elicited vows of revenge from the Palestinian militant group.

Dubai will soon issue arrest warrants for the 11 suspects, but Tamim said Monday that he had still not ruled out Israeli involvement. While he did not accuse Israel directly, Tamim did say it was possible that "leaders of certain countries gave orders to their intelligence agents."

"We do not rule out Mossad, but when we arrest those suspects we will know who masterminded it. [We have not] issued arrest warrants yet, but will do so soon," he told a press conference on Monday.

He told reporters that six members of the alleged assassination team held British passports, three held Irish passports, and one each from France and Germany. A leading suspect, who carried a French passport, left Dubai for Munich via Qatar after the killing, Tamim added.

Police released the suspects' photos, names, nationalities and details from their passports, which authorities said were not fake.

"Israel carries out a lot of assassinations in many countries, even in countries it is allied to," Tamim said, adding that Mabhouh may have been killed by electrocution.

The Jordanian government on Tuesday confirmed that it had extradited two Palestinians to the United Arab Emirates authorities in connection with the assassination.

"The extradition took place in accordance with observed legal and official rules and the relevant bilateral agreements," Minister of State for Media Affairs Nabil Sharif said in a statement.

Sharif declined to divulge the identity or the affiliations of the two Palestinians, saying "it was up to the UAE authorities to do so."

The rival Palestinian groups - Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement - were involved in verbal exchanges on Tuesday regarding the camp to which the two Palestinian suspects belonged.

At Monday's news conference, Tamim revealed surveillance video of the alleged assassination team arriving on separate flights to Dubai the day before Mabhouh was found dead; the suspects also checked into separate hotels. They paid for all expenses in cash and used different mobile phone cards to avoid being traced, he added.



The killing itself took just 10 minutes, Tamim said. Several members of the hit squad followed the Hamas man - even riding with him in the same elevator to determine his room number - and then checked into the room across the hall. Four assassins later entered his room in the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel while he was out, using an electronic device to open the door, and waited for him to return, Tamim said.

He added that there was "serious penetration into al-Mabhouh's security prior to his arrival" in Dubai, but that it appeared he was traveling alone.

"Hamas did not tell us who he was. He was walking around alone," said Tamim. "If he was such an important leader, why didn't he have people escorting him?"

Tamim said there had been at least one unsuccessful attempt to break into Mabhouh's room. It was unclear whether he opened the door to his killers or if the room was forcibly entered.

The killing took place about five hours after Mabhouh arrived at the hotel and all 11 suspects were out of the United Arab Emirates within 19 hours of their arrivals, he added.

The mercenaries were apparently dressed in tennis gear and visited several hotels on the day of the assassination in order to remain inconspicuous.

Tamim said the suspects left some evidence, but declined to elaborate. He urged the countries linked to the alleged killers to cooperate with the investigation.

Tamim also said forensic tests indicate Mabhouh died of suffocation, but lab analyses are still under way.

Violent crime is rare in Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates and a regional trading and tourism hub. Like most Arab countries, the UAE has no diplomatic ties with Israel and Israelis are routinely denied entry.

Last week the Paris-based journal Intelligence Online reported that Dubai's secret service requested assistance from its counterparts in Egypt and Jordan, and from Interpol. Yet it seems unlikely that Egypt or Jordan could provide much help as both are hostile to Hamas.

The journal said Dubai's government had ordered that Hamas itself be kept out of the probe, but Hamas is conducting its own investigation, with help from Iran and Syria. Top Hamas figures have denied that Mabhouh was en route to Iran.
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  1.   The Afghan 03:25  |  PAL 16/02/10
  2.   Can you say inside job 03:52  |  Eldad 16/02/10
  3.   Hamas, Iran and Syria conducting an investigation...hmmm 04:35  |  Vic 16/02/10
  4.   Who Investigates Hammas Assassinations of the PA in Gaza? 06:55  |  Proud Israeli 16/02/10
  5.   Dont you just love it when.... 07:15  |  faysal 16/02/10
  6.   Can You Imagine The Conversation? 08:21  |  Yosemite 16/02/10
  7.   Syria & Iran.The Rafic Hariri experience 08:55  |  Jojo 16/02/10
  8.   with every murder you increase the level of hate. 10:05  |  gus 16/02/10
  9.   Israel can never learn, it is simply wrong 10:28  |  gus 16/02/10
  10.   British Sources 10:35  |  m 16/02/10
  11.   please name the British goverment sources for authenicity 10:42  |  JO 16/02/10
  12.   British sources. 10:48  |  David Nigel Braham 16/02/10
  13.   a leopard can not change its skin 10:51  |  ClearCut 16/02/10
  14.   #11 Brian cohen????---Irgun/ stern style resistance 10:58  |  sarhbal 16/02/10
  15.   The guys are stuck in Israel forever 11:00  |  Ari 16/02/10
  16.   The Key 11:06  |  Philip 16/02/10
  17.   TYpical British B.S. 11:06  |  audDocd 16/02/10
  18.   The word assassins is often linked to the word... 11:06  |  Ftousou 16/02/10
  19.   European passports 11:09  |  Dino 16/02/10
  20.   A protester in Athens last week with a sign depicting Iran`s lead 11:21  |  JUDEO MASONIC LIAR 16/02/10
  21.   Passport photos with spectacles.? Strange. 11:22  |  Stephen. 16/02/10
  22.   Declaration of War between Israel and the United Kingdom 11:42  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  23.   Who cares? but this does have mossad written all over it, smooth 11:56  |  Aviv 16/02/10
  24.   Anyone else noticed the similarities? 11:57  |  Observant ISRAELI 16/02/10
  25.   who cares who did it 12:07  |  KGB 16/02/10
  26.   Turning other countries into killing grounds? 12:09  |  Katherine 16/02/10
  27.   Arrest Hamas leaders 12:14  |  Diyosko Day 16/02/10
  28.   Chris Linthwaite--same applies here in Ireland 12:18  |  labhras 16/02/10
  29.   Don`t mess with the Israelis as the saying goes 12:19  |  Methusla 16/02/10
  30.   number 23 Jews proved they will fight the devil at all cost 12:22  |  Sam Alecha 16/02/10
  31.   Why would you send 11 to kill 1? 12:25  |  Peter Williams 16/02/10
  32.   Yes,Brits control Ireland and know "who is who" over there 12:28  |  Absolute Sweden 16/02/10
  33.   I care who did it! 12:32  |  Alistair 16/02/10
  34.   dino 12:33  |  rich 16/02/10
  35.   Mossad agent in London ,"Chris" Yoyne Lintwit(Machover) raises h 12:33  |  Absolute Sweden 16/02/10
  36.   @ C linthwaite 12:40  |  Abu Liam 16/02/10
  37.   The British haven`t a shred of evidence!!! But Israel is Jewish, 12:49  |  Eitan 16/02/10
  38.   His excellency, Sir mahmouud al-mabhouh 12:53  |  Jojo 16/02/10
  39.   # 21 Stephen / # 31 Peter Williams 12:55  |  Swiss (Dino) 16/02/10
  40.   Ireland... 13:01  |  faysal 16/02/10
  41.   Thank you Mossad, job well done 13:02  |  Dave 16/02/10
  42.   The photos themselves 13:05  |  Ilan 16/02/10
  43.   spectacles are not forbidden 13:10  |  anywhere in europe 16/02/10
  44.   Those who entered a country with the purpose of committing ... 13:14  |  Akram Zekaria 16/02/10
  45.   closer pics and passport details...here: 13:14  |  eporue 16/02/10
  46.   50% of Mossad agents are bald... 13:18  |  Roy 16/02/10
  47.   Hamas 13:29  |  PAL 16/02/10
  48.   passport numbers 13:32  |  eporue 16/02/10
  49.   The group deserve a medal of honor 13:34  |  Jose Pedro 16/02/10
  50.   Great Video 13:35  |  Great Video 16/02/10
  51.   What ever happened to due process 13:37  |  Nigel 16/02/10
  52.   If israel abuses UK passports, then we need sanctions on Israel 13:43  |  Michael 16/02/10
  53.   Michael # 52 13:59  |  David Nigel Braham 16/02/10
  54.   Ilan and the photos 14:03  |  Arabya 16/02/10
  55.   11 to 1 is typical strenght ratio before Israel dares ... 14:04  |  WigsForSale 16/02/10
  56.   Ilan and the photos 14:06  |  Arabya 16/02/10
  57.   # 34 rich 14:14  |  Dino 16/02/10
  58.   David 53. Then let them use US passports 14:14  |  Michael 16/02/10
  59.   If looks are anything to go by 14:15  |  ky 16/02/10
  60.   1$ Millions for anyone identifying any of the killers 14:26  |  Emirati 16/02/10
  61.   @59 14:26  |  Ilan 16/02/10
  62.   Chris Lightweight - living in fantasyland 14:26  |  The Prophet 16/02/10
  63.   @56 14:33  |  Ilan 16/02/10
  64.   Some friendly advice for Chris Linthwaite 14:39  |  The Prophet 16/02/10
  65.   56 wigsforsale. 14:51  |  David Nigel Braham 16/02/10
  66.   #8 gus 14:54  |  Jochai Rubinstein 16/02/10
  67.   VERY STRANGE ! BBC DID NOT ACCUSE MOSSAD 14:56  |  DISRAELI 16/02/10
  68.   No 60 14:57  |  DooDee 16/02/10
  69.   KGB your answer was of a moran! 14:58  |  flora 16/02/10
  70.   Why focus on Israel if there is no evidence of any sort that the 15:03  |  Jehudah Ben-Israel 16/02/10
  71.   #61 ilan 15:06  |  ky 16/02/10
  72.   Michael/UK - questions 15:06  |  17 16/02/10
  73.   Jehudah 70, why aren`t you proud to claim the killing? 15:13  |  Michael 16/02/10
  74.   #22 15:15  |  British Zionist 16/02/10
  75.   Michael UK 15:18  |  Marvyn 16/02/10
  76.   At 67 15:18  |  DooDee 16/02/10
  77.   Marvyn 75. You`re wrong. 15:24  |  Michael 16/02/10
  78.   @71 15:26  |  Ilan 16/02/10
  79.   #62 The Prophet 15:26  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  80.   Chris Lin-twat 15:28  |  Joe W 16/02/10
  81.   gails red plastic bag: every detail adds to inside job.. 15:32  |  eporue 16/02/10
  82.   Linthwaite # 22 15:33  |  ChanahS 16/02/10
  83.   10 men and one woman to kill one man ?? 15:43  |  vhardman 16/02/10
  84.   to Chris Linthwaite 15:43  |  Noam 16/02/10
  85.   What happens in Dubai stays in Dubai 15:55  |  Rafi Husseini 16/02/10
  86.   p williams/hardman #31#83 11 to 1 15:56  |  gabi 16/02/10
  87.   #86 gabi does not explain why the victim was in dubai 16:06  |  vhardman 16/02/10
  88.   noy 11 to 1 but 12 to 1 16:08  |  WigsForSale 16/02/10
  89.   To Vhardman 16:09  |  Sam Soul 16/02/10
  90.   #89 sam soul and the movie showing 007 16:15  |  vhardman 16/02/10
  91.   probably the mossad 16:17  |  rm 16/02/10
  92.   To: ChannahS #82 16:26  |  keen observer 16/02/10
  93.   To vhardman 16:31  |  Sam Soul 16/02/10
  94.   Nigel, 51: Are the Scotts guards arresting the Taliban? 16:34  |  Keith 16/02/10
  95.   America is poor victim of its zionist minority 16:36  |  Tony Silver 16/02/10
  96.   Yes eporue, she was carrying his balls, tennis balls that is in 16:41  |  Martin B. 16/02/10
  97.   12 man hit team & million dollar operation for 1 terrorist? 16:42  |  common sense 16/02/10
  98.   Never again" means Jew KIllers should be pre-emptively liquidated 16:44  |  bernard ross 16/02/10
  99.   While everyone is screaming "MOSSAD", it appears that they missed 16:44  |  Jacob Blues 16/02/10
  100.   Could they have been from arab countries? 16:45  |  Spy 16/02/10
  101.   fakes 16:47  |  Helen 16/02/10
  102.   Michael UK #73 16:48  |  ChanahS 16/02/10
  103.   Whoever did it made the world a bit of a better place 16:51  |  CM 16/02/10
  104.   Killers exist somewhere, but who cares who they are? 16:59  |  mtlonewolf 16/02/10
  105.   Haaretz, double check your sources! 17:04  |  Jess 16/02/10
  106.   Chris I`m fed up for your false assumptions. 17:05  |  Aby 16/02/10
  107.   Ireland confirms `Irish` Dubai killers don`t exist 17:10  |  shaun nathan 16/02/10
  108.   ChanahS 102 I think it`s because you`re paranoid 17:14  |  Michael 16/02/10
  109.   Assassins 17:21  |  Jordan Ariel 16/02/10
  110.   hardman #87 slippery fellow 17:24  |  gabi 16/02/10
  111.   to all those celebrating this killing 17:25  |  ClearCut 16/02/10
  112.   #106 Aby of Tel Aviv 17:34  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  113.   blame the Israelis 17:39  |  Shmuelshachor 16/02/10
  114.   #80 Joe W 17:42  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  115.   Chris, calm down... 17:42  |  Ehud 16/02/10
  116.   #106 Aby of Tel Aviv 17:44  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  117.   They don`t look as good as in movies 17:45  |  Alas 16/02/10
  118.   labhras 17:48  |  Ehud 16/02/10
  119.   Russian mafia MO 17:50  |  Robert II 16/02/10
  120.   #84 Noam 17:53  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  121.   #100 Spy 17:56  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  122.   #115 Ehud 18:04  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  123.   linwaite calm down-otherwise we may use your name in our next op. 18:07  |  meir dagan 16/02/10
  124.   hey, i am truly pssd off. the cctv did not get my good side! 18:09  |  gail 16/02/10
  125.   Lintwait enjoys the fantasy of no responsibilities 18:19  |  Jacob Blues 16/02/10
  126.   Europe should recall their ambassadors 18:23  |  American Citizen 16/02/10
  127.   "...but when we arrest those suspects we will know..." When? 18:29  |  Black Russian 16/02/10
  128.   keen observer 92 18:32  |  ChanahS 16/02/10
  129.   #125 Jacob Blues 18:33  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  130.   Chris what a ridicilous evidence you have found 18:35  |  Aby 16/02/10
  131.   #123 Meir Dagan 18:37  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  132.   RE: Europe should recall their ambassadors 18:37  |  Fred_A 16/02/10
  133.   American Citizen 18:37  |  Jordan Ariel 16/02/10
  134.   #130 Aby 18:42  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  135.   Michael # 52 - have you ever considered 18:42  |  ChanahS 16/02/10
  136.   Chris Linthwaite 18:43  |  a wandering Jew 16/02/10
  137.   faysal in Dubai 40 18:45  |  ChanahS 16/02/10
  138.   #136 a wandering Jew 18:53  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  139.   ChanahS 135 I think that`s extremely unlikely 19:02  |  Michael 16/02/10
  140.   Mossad connection reported in to DT 19:08  |  Leonard 16/02/10
  141.   chris laughwaite 19:10  |  steve 16/02/10
  142.   look close- dana international and shlomi shabbat 19:12  |  masonry is alive 16/02/10
  143.   whi it matterd if they were mossad 19:12  |  losing the plot? 16/02/10
  144.   #141 Steve 19:21  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  145.   Who cares who killed him?Where`s his computer/cell/phonelist...? 19:25  |  just wondering 16/02/10
  146.   Chris Linthwaite 19:28  |  H 16/02/10
  147.   Dubai Killers 19:38  |  Jake 16/02/10
  148.   It looks like one of assassins surfaced... he`s living in Israel. 19:55  |  Erastus CoupeDeVille 16/02/10
  149.   #146 H 19:56  |  Chris Linthwaite 16/02/10
  150.   Linthwaite, we need a UN report on UK-Irish claims of innocence 20:00  |  Dr. L. Brnd 16/02/10
  151.   mossad involvement 20:01  |  Tessa Shrem 16/02/10
  152.   mabhouh 20:13  |  jenna 16/02/10
  153.   Ireland 20:15  |  John 16/02/10
  154.   Alert Alert Message for Chris Linthwaite 20:29  |  H 16/02/10
  155.   #118 Ehud---some of us learn --some dont 21:23  |  Labhras 16/02/10
  156.   ZListen to them call for an investigation and proof 21:34  |  Labhras 16/02/10
  157.   I smell something 21:55  |  John 16/02/10
  158.   #153 john of armagh should consult the pope 22:00  |  vhardman 16/02/10
  159.   guys 22:01  |  John 16/02/10
  160.   clear cut 01:49  |  Michelle Wayne 17/02/10
  161.   Swiss Dino on umbrellas 02:08  |  Peter Williams 17/02/10
  162.   John + inaccuracies 153 02:13  |  ChanahS 17/02/10
  163.   Lightweight - The Entertainer 03:48  |  ZISD 17/02/10
  164.   Chris Linthwaite:"MI6 would not have used British passports" 05:17  |  MI6 not better? 17/02/10
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