Monday, February 22, 2010

European Union "Condemns" Use of Passports in Killing of Hamas Leader

"European Union blasts 'theft' of citizens' identities"
February 22, 2010

"The European Union 'strongly condemns' the use of false EU passports in connection with the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai last month, a top foreign policy official said Monday in Brussels, Belgium.

Baroness Catherine Ashton said the EU was concerned the killers had acquired false passports and credit cards 'through the theft of EU citizens' identities.'

She did not mention Israel in the statement, although foreign ministries in the countries whose passports were doctored called in Israeli ambassadors last week to discuss the issue...

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a founding member of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, was killed in a Dubai hotel room last month. Dubai is one of the Gulf emirates comprising the United Arab Emirates...

The suspects had European passports -- one from France, three from Ireland, six from Britain, and one from Germany, according to police."

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