Arian Azarbar says Israeli spy was granted news passport after participating in the 2010 plot to kill Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel. An Israeli Mossad agent living in Canada was secretly provided a new identity and passport by the government, a Canadian-Iranian businessman alleged in an interview, the Canoe website reported Saturday.
Al-Mabhouh was killed on January 14, 2010 when a team of assassins broke into his hotel room and killed him silently, leaving a 'do not disturb' sign on the door. The hotel security cameras caught images of the killers sharing an elevator ride with Mabhouh prior to the assassination.
On the basis of the video clips and the information provided by Dubai police officers investigating the murder at the time, the assassination squad involved 10 men carrying British, French, German and Irish passports. A woman carrying an Irish passport was also captured by the cameras.
The Dubai authorities claimed there were two teams: one carried out surveillance of the target, while the other - which appears to be a group of younger men, at least as far as the camera shots show - carried out the killing.
It later became clear that Israeli Mossad agents used fake British passports in in the operation.
His assassination attracted international attention in part due to allegations that it was ordered by the Israeli government and carried out by Mossad agents holding fake or fraudulently obtained passports from several European countries and Australia.
The photographs of 26 suspects, and the names they used, have been placed on Interpol's most-wanted list. According to Dubai's authorities, there are up to 29 suspects, 12 of whom carried British passports, six Irish, four French, one German, and four Australian, and another two Palestinians who were arrested.