Britain to blame Israel for Hamas murder
Published 23/03/2010 | 05:00
A garda investigation into how fake Irish passports were used in the murder of a Hamas commander in Dubai is still dragging on as Britain prepares to formally blame Israel for the death.
Speculation is rife that a senior Israeli diplomat will be expelled from London over the use by a suspected hit team of passports from a number of countries in the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
However, the government here says there are no plans to officially pinpoint Israel as the country behind the death, a move expected to be made today by Britain after an inquiry by Scotland Yard.
It is the latest twist in the death of al-Mabhouh, who was killed in a hotel in Dubai by a team of assassins.
Fifteen suspects have been identified from CCTV footage. Six of them were travelling on Irish passports.
Yesterday, Israel's ambassador to London Ron Proser was summoned to the Foreign Office to be told the results of an inquiry into the murder. A statement is expected to be made to the British parliament today, formally naming the Israeli security services as responsible for the cloning of passports.
Last night, a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said there were no plans to do the same here.
"There is an ongoing garda investigation. We are awaiting the results of that before any action is considered," he said.