There are 27 suspects in the January 20th murder of Hamas top military operative Mahmoud Al- Mabhouh , all of whom travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on faked foreign passports. Ironically, Mabhouh was also in the UAE on a false passport.
Two of murder suspects subsequently entered the United States, one on an Irish passport as “Evan Dennings” January 21st, and another on a British passport Feb 14th “Roy Allan Cannon.” (Both real life persons, one British- Israeli, are currently believed to be the victims of identity fraud. )
It is not known if the alleged murderers using the passports are still in this country.
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.
The suspected U.S. travel broadens to American shores the international manhunt triggered by Dubai’s investigation into the death of Mr. Mabhouh. Dubai police have already identified two U.S. financial companies they believe issued and distributed several credit cards used by 14 of the suspects in the alleged killing.
A U.S. State Department spokesman declined to comment.
A spokesman for Interpol, which is also investigating the murder, declined to comment.
Israeli officials have neither confirmed nor denied any involvement, a longstanding practice. Last week, Israel’s foreign minister said there was no proof implicating Israel.
Twelve of the suspects used British passports, police said. Six suspects used Irish passports, four used French passports, three used Australian passports and one used a German passport.
Already the story is changing again, as a “national security source in the United States” is saying that the 2 suspects who might have entered the US after the murder, did not, even as the list of suspects went from 26 to 27, according to CNN and newsrunner.com.
The only Israeli in government who has commented so far is Tzipi Livni, the current Kadima Party opposition leader and the former foreign minister.
A CNN reporter, Christiane Amanpour, asked the Israeli Minister of Defense on Saturday to comment. Ehud Barak wouldn’t comment, either.
The Chief of Police of Dubai, Dahi Khalfan, is “100% positive” that Mossad is involved. During a Feb 28th news conference, Khalfan said that he was sure that all the suspects were now in Israel, and as long as they stayed there, they wouldn’t be arrested. The UAE is now blocking people traveling on Israeli dual nationality passports from entering the country.
Information released yesterday says the autopsy showed Mabhouh was injected with the muscle relaxant succinylcholine, typically used in endotracheal intubation, and then suffocated to death.
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The use and abuse of foreign passports and identities by the hit squad involved in the murder, has upset many countries.