JERUSALEM (JTA) — Dubai police will seek the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of the Mossad over the assassination of a top Hamas official.
Dubai Police Chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim said he will ask Dubai’s prosecutor to issue an arrest warrant for Netanyahu and Meir Dagan, Al Jazeera reported Wednesday.
Tamim told the television news channel that he is "almost certain" that Israel’s Mossad security agency was involved in the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room in January. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its involvement.
"I am now completely sure that it was Mossad," the French news agency AFP quoted him as saying.
Tamim called for Netanyahu’s arrest shortly after it was discovered that Mabhouh had not died of natural causes.
Netanyahu "will be the first to be wanted for justice, as he would have been the one who signed the decision to kill al-Mabhouh in Dubai," The National newspaper quoted Tamim as saying on Feb. 5.
Al Jazeera also reported, citing the United Arab Emirates newspaper The National, that Dubai had also asked the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate the prepaid credit cards used by some of the 27 alleged assassins issued by the U.S.-based Meta Financial Group’s MetaBank.