Dubai’s police commander Lt General Dahi Khalfan Tamim received two death threats from Israel over the assassination of a Palestinian Hamas leader in the emirate earlier this year, Al Ittihad reported Thursday.
Tamim disclosed that a new suspect believed to be among those involved in the murder of Mahmoud Mabhouh has been arrested in a Western country in the past two days, adding that Dubai is in touch with that country.
Tamim accused Israel’s Mossad of sending him death threats twice, a few days after he revealed the details of Mabhouh’s assassination at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in Dubai on January 20.
Tamim said the contents of the letter he had received said ‘protect your back if you want to keep your mouth open’. Tamim told the paper that 'Dubai authorities have traced the source of that letter.'
Tamim also disclosed that he received the second death threat indirectly when one of his relatives received a phone call from a retired Mossad agent.
“The call came from a retired Mossad agent with Western-Israeli nationality. He asked my relative to advise me to keep silent,” Tamim was quoted in the newspaper.
Tamim revealed a new suspect in the Mabhouh assassination case had been arrested in a Western country but declined to identify the suspect or the country, according to Al Ittihad.
“We are in contact with that country in this respect. The Mabhouh case is not closed yet, it will remain open until all those involved in the assassination are arrested or dead,” Tamim told the daily.