Sunday 22 April 2018

'Irish' assassin became a killer blonde in Dubai hit

Shane Phelan

ONE of the six 'Irish' suspects in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai changed her hair colour while on the mission, new video footage reveals.

The suspect, who used the name Ivy Brinton and had a false Irish passport, can be seen sporting both dark and blonde hair in the footage released by authorities in the United Arab Emirates yesterday.

The footage, from the hotel where Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed last month, reveals how the suspect either dyed her hair or wore a wig in an effort to conceal her identity -- going blonde halfway through the mission.

It shows her accompanied by another suspect, who used the name Chester Halvey and also travelled on a forged Irish passport.

A third suspect who used a false Irish passport was also shown on footage released yesterday. The woman, using the name Anna Shauna Clasby, was filmed leaving the hotel, the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, on the day of the killing.

The release of the footage and other information by the Dubai authorities has cranked up international pressure on Israel over the assassination.

Dubai's police chief Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim says he believes the Israeli secret service Mossad was responsible. Israel has refused to confirm or deny involvement.



Angry

Speaking on a visit to Gaza yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin said: "We are very angry at the fraudulent use of information that was stolen from valid Irish passports to make forged passports.

"These people were not Irish citizens. Whoever did this forged the passports. We're angry about that because it violates the integrity of our passport system and also places at risk the security of our citizens."

Forged British, French, German and Australian passports were also used by the suspects.

Australia yesterday summoned its Israeli ambassador to a meeting to explain the affair.

The operation to kill Mr al-Mabhouh came just five years after an Israeli diplomat was expelled from Australia after a Mossad operation to fraudulently obtain Australian and New Zealand passports was uncovered.

Although a garda investigation has been launched into the use of Irish passport information, senior gardai said last night there were no plans to send an officer to Dubai. But gardai are liaising with Interpol and police forces in the other countries affected.

At the time of his murder, Mr al-Mabhouh was wanted by the Israeli, Egyptian and Jordanian governments. He died after being electrocuted with a stun gun and smothered to death with a pillow.

Dubai police believe he was followed to his hotel room by members of the assassination squad wearing fake beards, wigs and other disguises.

Authorities did not know he had been murdered until after a post-mortem examination.

Irish Independent

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