DUBAI - Dubai's police chief plans to seek the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of Israel's spy agency over the killing of a Hamas leader in the emirate, Al Jazeera television reported.
Dahi Khalfan Tamim said he would ask the Dubai prosecutor to issue arrest warrants for ... Netanyahu and the head of Mossad, the television said. It did not give details.
Tamim has said he is almost certain Israeli agents were involved in the killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouhat at a Dubai hotel in January, calling for Mossad's boss, Meir Dagan, to be arrested if it is proved responsible. Tamim said Monday Mossad had insulted Dubai and Western countries whose fraudulent passports were used by suspects in the assassination.
Dubai has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into U.S.-issued pre-paid credit cards used by the suspects, a United Arab Emirates newspaper said.
Citing an FBI source, The National newspaper said the investigation would look into any Israeli involvement in the killing.
Thirteen of the 27 suspects used prepaid MasterCards issued by MetaBank, a regional American bank, to purchase plane tickets and book hotel rooms, the newspaper said, quoting Dubai police.
The bank has declined to comment.
The UAE, a U.S.-allied Arab state that backs the Palestinian drive for an independent state and an end to Israeli occupation, has no diplomatic relations with Israel.
But it has established low-level political and trade links in recent years, with some Israeli officials attending events in the Gulf Arab state. Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer competed in the Dubai Championships last month.
Members of the hit squad used fraudulent passports from Britain, Ireland, Germany, France and Australia. Residents of Israel with the same names as the suspects, holding dual nationalities, have said their identities appear to have been stolen.
The passport abuse has drawn criticism from the European Union, and some of the governments involved have summoned the Israeli ambassadors to their countries to protest.
(Reporting by Tamara Walid and Firouz Sedarat; editing by Andrew Roche)