UK Expels Israeli Diplomat

An unnamed Israeli diplomat was expelled from Britain in connection with the Dubai terrorist murder.

INN Staff, | updated: 14:57

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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The British government has decided to believe the Dubai police chief's accusations of Mossad involvement in the murder of a Hamas terrorist in Dubai and has taken extreme steps as a result, expelling an Israeli diplomat.

The Daily Telegraph claims that the expelled diplomat is the Mossad representative in the Israeli Embassy in London. The basis for the expulsion is connected with the false passports used by suspects in the January killing of Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al Mabhouh in his hotel room in Dubai, according to a  British government source.

Israel's ambassador  met with British Foreign Office officials on Monday, according to the source.

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a founding member of Hamas' military wing, responsible for the kidnapping and murder of two Israeli soldiers among other crimes, was found dead January 20 in his Dubai hotel room.  Dubai accused the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service of carrying out the assassination and published pictures of 27 suspects and their passport information. All except for one had British or Australian passports.

Interpol, the international police agency, has issued "red notices" to help search for the suspects and alert police forces around the world that the suspects are wanted by United Arab Emirates authorities.

Police have said toxicology results show al-Mabhouh was injected with succinylcholine, a drug used to relax muscles during surgery or as an anesthetic, and then suffocated.

Israel, in accordance with its longstanding policy, did not comment on the accusations.