Britain Boots Israeli Diplomat Over Fake Passport Scandal
An Israeli diplomat is packing his bags and leaving the United Kingdom in the wake of the forged-passport scandal that allowed a group of assassins to carry out their hit on a top Hamas official in Dubai two months ago. –KA
The diplomat has been reported to be Israel’s top Mossad officer in the country.
Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the expelled diplomat as Ambassador Ron Prosor. His job is safe, though he was “disappointed” by the news.
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Foreign Secretary David Miliband told the Commons there were “compelling reasons” to believe Israel was responsible for the passport “misuse”.
[…] It is believed 12 fake British passports were used in the plot to murder Mr Mabhouh – the founder of Hamas’s military wing – in his hotel room in Dubai on 19 January.
The names and details on the UK passports used by eight of the 12 suspects belonged to British-Israeli citizens living in Israel – all of whom have denied involvement in Mr Mabhouh’s murder.
Their passports had been copied and new photographs inserted.
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