Dubai's police chief said in a report on Saturday that his force has evidence incriminating the Israeli spy agency Mossad in the killing of a Hamas commander in the Gulf emirate last month, despite Israeli denials.
"Among the new evidence available to Dubai police which incriminates the Israeli secret service, the Mossad, and confirms its involvement in the murder ... are telephone communications between the culprits who have been detected," Dhahi Khalfan said in the newspaper Al-Bayan.
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, one of the founders of Hamas's military wing, was found dead in his luxurious Dubai hotel room on Jan. 20.
"Dubai police also have reliable information that some perpetrators bought their tickets in other countries using credit cards bearing the same identity revealed" previously by the emirate, he added.
"Therefore, the perpetrators used the same passport in several countries," Khalfan said, reiterating that "the Mossad is 99-percent involved" in the assassination of Mabhouh.
Neither in the case of the telephone calls nor of the credit cards did Khalfan say how the link to Mossad was drawn.
The international criminal police organization Interpol said on Thursday it had issued "red notices" for their arrest in any of its 188 member countries.
Israel has dismissed as "baseless" calls by Khalfan for the head of Mossad, Meir Dagan, to be arrested in connection with the murder.
Britain offered on Friday new passports to six British citizens whose identities were used by the suspects and all of whom live in Israel, to protect them from inadvertent arrest through Interpol.
Other suspects identified by Dubai used cloned passports from Ireland, France and Germany.
Among the new evidence available to Dubai police which incriminates the Israeli secret service, the Mossad, and confirms its involvement in the murder ... are telephone communications between the culprits who have been detected
Dubai police chief Dhahi Khalfan