An Israeli assassination squad used forged Irish passports to enter Dubai and kill a leading member of ruling Palestinian Hamas organisation, it has emerged.
Three Irish citizens whose passport numbers were on forged papers used by the MOSSAD hit squad which killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai have been contacted, but two others face the risk of arrest and interrogation if they attempt to travel.
Interpol has placed the eleven suspects originally linked to the assassination on its international wanted list. Others in the list carried French and British passport.
Authorities in Dubai released photographs of three of those who used Irish passports, including one individual apparently wearing a wig of red hair.
The Dublin government demanded explanations from Israel on why details of Irish citizens had been used by the suspected hit squad.
The Israeli ambassador to Ireland attended talks at the Department of Foreign Affairs today.
Following today’s meeting, Dr Zion Evrony said he was under no obligation to address the international incident in public.
Dr Evrony had been summoned to the Department to explain why genuine Irish passport numbers were on forged papers used by the Israeli hit squad.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Michael Martin said that additional information provided by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates to the Irish Ambassador, Ciaran Madden, confirms that the passports used were fraudulent.
Fine Gael’s spokesman on foreign affairs, Billy Timmons, said the department “did not seem to realise the urgency involved in this passport fraud until [British Prime Minister] Gordon Brown demanded an inquiry.”