Businessman 'shocked' by suspect's use of old address
THE intrigue surrounding the use of a Dublin address by an alleged assassin deepened last night as it emerged that the property was once owned by an Irish-Israeli businessman.
A suspect using the name Kevin Daveron gave his address as 6 Elgin Road in Ballsbridge when checking into the Dubai hotel where Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was murdered last month.
The property, which is unoccupied, is owned by Jim Reynolds, the brother of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.
Documents seen by the Irish Independent reveal that the property was sold to Jim Reynolds by Irish-Israeli Gershon Copperman (83).
Mr Copperman was born in Dublin, but left Ireland in 1978 and moved to Israel. He holds citizenship of both countries.
Contacted last night at his home in Petah Tikva, a suburb of Tel Aviv, Mr Copperman said he had no idea why the address had been used.
"I don't know what to say. I'm surprised and shocked," he said. "I owned that property from 1955 until 1978 and have had no connection with the property since then. I have no idea how it could be used."
Mr Copperman said he had never had any links with the Israeli security services, adding: "I mind my own business."
He said he had been a frequent visitor to Ireland in the years after moving to Israel but had not been here for several years as he no longer had relatives in Ireland.
The house is just 260 metres away from the Israeli Embassy.
An Israeli spy based in Dublin is suspected of having given the address and other information for the forged passports that were used by those suspected of the assassination.
The Israeli ambassador to Ireland said last week he knew nothing about the murder or the suspected involvement of his country's secret service.