Video footage: Dubai to issue warrants for 11 in Hamas man's killing
The police video, combining CCTV footage from the Dubai airport, a number of hotels and shopping malls, showed the arrival of the suspects and Al Mabhouh into Dubai, their checking into various city hotels and the hours before the Palestinian commander was killed
Dubai: Dubai Police will issue arrest warrants for 11 suspects carrying European passports, believed to be the killers of Mahmoud Al Mabhouh, the senior Hamas commander who was assassinated in a Dubai hotel room last month.
Two Palestinians have already been arrested and are being investigated on suspicions that they provided logistical support to the killers, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police, said at a press conference held at the Media Office of the Dubai Government.
Some of the 11 suspects including a woman fled the country around the time of the crime on January 19. The Palestinians, however, are UAE residents, the police chief said.
Dubai Police managed to crack the case in less than 24 hours, Dahi said. "This is another achievement for Dubai Police."
A police video, combining CCTV footage from the Dubai airport, a number of hotels and shopping malls, showed the arrival of the suspects and Al Mabhouh into Dubai, their checking into various city hotels and the hours before the Palestinian commander was killed in room 230 in the Bustan Rotana Hotel, near the airport.
A surveillance team had followed the victim around the city. Some of the suspected killers disguised their appearance at various times.
"This is a highly sophisticated operation conducted by people who knew when Al Mabhouh would arrive in the country," Dahi said.
The suspects used "highly sophisticated communication instruments" and during their conversations they used encrypted messages, Dahi said. "The communication tools they used are not available in the UAE."
They came from several European countries and left to European destinations and one to Hong Kong. "We know where they are right now and even their residences," Dahi said.
"Arrest warrants through Interpol are being issued and if the European countries cooperated we will be highly appreciative but if they refused we will also reduce our cooperation with those authorities." He told Gulf News earlier that the UAE has no extradition treaties with many of those countries but the police expect full cooperation.
"In my personal opinion I think many parties are involved in the crime and all [Al Mabhouh's] enemies are potential suspects so it is not the time to point fingers at a certain party."
Dahi said the Hamas leader had arrived in Dubai from Damascus en route to Sudan and later to China. He was expected to be here for only one day.
Well done Dubai Police, CCTV is a must in all area of International or non international hotels and main shopping malls to work as the Great EYE for
Police Dept. It is sure all wanted persons traveld in a fake passport as we always seen in films. So we are waiting to hear positive result from interpol.
Nasar C H, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 16:47 February 16, 2010
I salute dubai police, They have realy done a wonder full job I have not hesitation to say that dubai police is number one all around the world. I want also request the British and American media, through gulf news, please show this video on special brodcasting this is other side of picture which is done by british and european people.
Tanveer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 16:35 February 16, 2010
As an Irish citizen im disgusted & shocked that Irish passport holders were involved in this. I demand our government to hand these terrorists over to UAE. Shame on Israel they think they can do what ever they like. Well-done Dubai.
Paula Donovan, Wexford, Ireland
Added 16:33 February 16, 2010
I am an Indian expatiate living in Abu Dhabi. Its a great achievement for Dubai police. Its a great ditective work!
Mabruk Dubai Police!!Mabruk
Rafeek patinharayil, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Added 16:16 February 16, 2010
Well done UAE. I am proud to be a resident here.
Its now the turn of these European countries to bring these TERRORIST to justice and handover them to UAE.
Azim, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 15:42 February 16, 2010
Excellent detective work. Congratulations to the entire team.
Nobrott Medickoff, Sinkatinnie, Australia
Added 15:36 February 16, 2010
Excellent work by Dubai Police, this is deterrent to criminals and very clear message to them that the Dubai police is real professional force against crimes.
Mohammad Omar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 15:22 February 16, 2010
Adam, you obviously dont follow western media. This news is fully covered in the European media. Must be difficult for you in N.Z.?
Leo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 15:13 February 16, 2010
I salute the Dubai Police for their dedication and hard work. Hope the western world will realise that all muslims are not terrorist and the seeds are sown from their soil too. I wish all the best to dubai police and insha allah they will suceed in punishing all the culprits.
Saif, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 15:01 February 16, 2010
Brilliant work in 24 hrs............. this is indeed the best investigation.... it was like i am watching National Geographic re-creation of a crime but excellent work........... The criminals should put to justice
Raja M Amir, Lahore, Pakistan
Added 14:53 February 16, 2010
This is indeed an exceptionally smart piece of investigative work done by the Dubai Police. Just imagine pin-pointing the right footages showing the activities of the suspects and the victim from a collection of vast number of surveillance camera footages from different places (airport terminals, shopping centres, hotels, etc.) all around the city to make this video telling how the events unfolded. Truly remarkable and outstanding!
Rajesh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 14:50 February 16, 2010
excellent work by dubai police.Its amizing this is not shown in western media.Terrorists in arab world!!!!
Mohammad, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Added 14:46 February 16, 2010
These terrorist are now free. It is strange to see that european media kept it low profile without any pictures of those criminals. If it was vise versa then you would see lot of noise from European media. These criminals will be punished directly or indirectly.
John Doe, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Added 14:15 February 16, 2010
It is a very commendable job by Dubai Police to uncover this crime in such short notice. I'm amazed the way they retrieved all the cctv footings and tracked the culprits. UAE is a peaceful country and any attempts to disrupt the atmosphere should be dealt with sternly.The suspects are looking so businesslike it is very hard to beleive they have done this cold blooded murder. I wish all the best to the Dubai Police to track the criminal gang.
Ashraf , Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 14:09 February 16, 2010
To comment on the first comment, it is on front page on Norwegian newspapers!
Sara, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 14:03 February 16, 2010
excellent work of DUbai & Whole UAE Police and CID. Im just hoping that those 11 suspects will be caught and bring back here in Dubai .
Len, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:56 February 16, 2010
What a wonderful piece of Police work. Unbelievable.
I have lived in Dubai all my life as well as in North America. The police work here is exemplary.
The guility I doubt will be brought here but they should be brought to justice if the west wants reciprocal help from this part of the world.
Best of luck...and excellent detective work!!
Dubai Resident, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:31 February 16, 2010
I suspect none of those involved (as pictured in the article) neither the entity we all know was behind this ever imagined that Dubai authorities would be so bold as to expose their faces to the world and hold the investigation so openly. Shame on them, and the country who was behind it. To the Dubai Authorities great work!!!
Michael Tamick, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:29 February 16, 2010
Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 13:17 February 16, 2010
Since Morning I am Admiring splendid job of Dubai Police. These suspect should be brought to UAE for trial without any reservations.
Such operations show how easily they can infiltrate into our roots and finish their mission and flee. But I am 100% sure UAE government will not spare single one of them.
Hats off to Lt.Gen Khalfan
Adnan Ansari, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:58 February 16, 2010
OMG! I feel like having watched a hollywood crime movie. What an atrocious planning and arrangement!!! Anyway, I hope all members in this gang and pople behind this crime (ofcourse the master minds) will be caught soon....
Ashiq Shabeer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:55 February 16, 2010
Excellent work for DUbai and the whole UAE Police & CID
Len, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:51 February 16, 2010
Outstanding police work! Very impressive indeed. Those terrorists must face justice as soon as possible. In my opinion it is extremely obvious that Isreal is behind this plot. Facing so called "terrorism" by terror is a vivid contradiction.
Sam Saab, Los Angeles, United States
Added 12:51 February 16, 2010
It is an act of lunacy to conduct a so call Cobra operation, murdering a palestinian citizen, in foreign soil. I expect a proper response from countries involved as well a detail follow up by the Global Media. the response from Dubai Police was exemplary, as a foreign citizen living in this amazing land I am deeply concern at the audacity of these goon squads and organizations that they represent.
Guillermo , Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:46 February 16, 2010
Congratulations to Dubai Police for publishing their video in such a professional manner. The behavior of the criminals are well documented and further the whole world can see it in a transparent manner through the web. Let the whole world know, Dubai can manage its law and order issues much better than any developed city.
Umm Rasha, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:35 February 16, 2010
I am very impressed at the detailed footage obtained and edited by the Media Office. Not only does it paint a clear picture of the events that unfolded and led up to the murder, but it also implicates the suspects. Furthermore i am happy to see that it is available for the public to view, which shows that there is a significant increase in the amount of transparency for crimes like these.
aaa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Added 12:07 February 16, 2010
These terrorists must be caught and brought to justice. Those European countries must hand those terrorists to be put through a trial in Dubai where they committed their vicious crime and showed no respect to a sovereign and peaceful UAE. Its funny that there has been no mentioning to this terrorist act on Western Media.
Adam, Auckland, New Zealand
Added 11:58 February 16, 2010
I lived in Dubai for 1year but what i can say is:
I am really proud of you Dubai and wished even if i was Emarati.