Warrants out for Mabhouh suspects
Dubai has issued international arrest warrants for 10 men and a woman suspected of being involved in the assassination Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in the city, AttorneyGeneral Issam Issa Al Humaidan revealed yesterday.
The orders allege premeditated murder and call for the 11 to be dealt with under the UAE's federal penal law. They were issued in accordance with agreements covering those accused of criminal offences signed jointly with the countries to which the suspects belong.
"The UAE has international judicial co-operation links with most countries in the world, which allow it to order that the 11 are handed over wherever they are caught," said Al Humaidan.
The public prosecution started investigating the case after the killing. It ordered the appointment of a medical examiner to perform an autopsy to probe the cause of death and heard testimony from a number of witnesses.
Lt-Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police, said that there were 11 suspects. They were Frenchmen Peter Elvinger, Kevin Daveron and Gail Folliard. Evan Dennings from Ireland; Paul John Keeley, Melvyn Adam Mildiner, Stephen Daniel Hodes, Michael Lawrence Barney, James Leonard Clarke and Jonathan Louis Graham from the United Kingdom, and Michael Bodenheimer from Germany.
Mabhouh was one of the top leaders of Hamas's military wing. He was being chased by agents from Israel's Mossad and had escaped two assassination attempts before. He was killed at Al Bustan Rotana hotel on January 20.
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