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      Dubai Police Commander Cites Israel's 'Dangerous Influence'

      Dubai's police commander has called for an 'Interpol-like' agency for GCC countries citing Israel's 'dangerous influence.'
      By Gabe Kahn.
      First Publish: 8/17/2011, 5:31 PM

      Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, has called for the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council to create an "Interpol-like" police agency citing Israel's "dangerous influence" as one of the reasons to do so.

      The formation of such an apparatus could be a first step towards a unified diplomatic and military confederation - a move under serious consideration - by GCC members.

      Dahi urged the GCC to reinforce security cooperation and enhance its fight against crime across the region.

      "I submitted a suggestion many years ago to establish a GCC Interpol but it had not materialised," Dahi said, adding once such an apparatus was in place it would prevent people deported from one GCC country from taking refuge in another.

      Dahi called on Arabs to 'think deeply' about events taking place in Arab countires and judge them accordingly.

      "From my knowledge and experience, I can say that any time there is a public movement or upheaval and when you can't find a leader for this movement, this means that there are invisible hands behind it," he said.

      Dahi pointed to alleged Israeli involvement in the Arab upheaval.

      "Israel is a superpower, and has dangerous influence. If Israel wants someone to escape the rule of justice, they can do it," he said.

      Dahi added his personal opinion was that the trial of toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was an Israeli plot for revenge, since Mubarak was the commander of the air force that bombarded the Bar-Lev Line in the war of October 1973.

      "I believe that Mubarak's trial in Ramadan is not coincidental, and if the verdict is issued on October 6 [anniversary of the Yom Kippur War], the mothers of the Israeli soldiers who were killed in Bar-Lev would be very happy," he said.

      The only international figures to speak in Mubarak's defense were Israeli President Shimon Peres and former Israeli government minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer. No Arab leaders have spoken out against Mubak's trial.

      He said one of the people wanted for the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Mabhouh, which took place in Dubai in 2009, had been recently arrested in Bulgaria.

      He accused Israel -- widely blamed for the assassination in the world press -- of creating pressures on international bodies to stop the arrest of suspects involved in the Al Mabhouh murder, adding that such moves would not deter Dubai Police from pursing the case till the suspects were brought to account.