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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

  • By Siham Al Najami, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 February 16, 2010
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Supplied
  • Gail Folliard, the lone female on the team of assassins, checking in at a hotel.
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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.

In pictures: Details of prime suspects

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.

Comments (28)

  1. Added 19:06 February 16, 2010

    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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Added 15:42 February 16, 2010

    Excellent detective work. Congratulations to the entire team.

    Nobrott Medickoff, Sinkatinnie, Australia

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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