Australia police head to Israel over Dubai slaying

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March 2, 2010 11:33

 
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Australian police and passport officials are being dispatched to Israel to meet with three dual Australian-Israeli nationals whose passports were used in the slaying of a top Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai, a spokeswoman for Australia's department of foreign affairs said Tuesday.

The spokeswoman, speaking from the Australian capital, Canberra, had no details on when the team would arrive in Israel. She spoke on customary condition of anonymity.

Britain has already sent a special police investigator to Israel to meet with eight dual nationals whose passports were used in the slaying.

Dubai police say they are convinced that Israel assassinated al-Mabhouh, who was also wanted in the 1989 killing of two Israeli soldiers. They contend al-Mahbouh's assassins used a powerful muscle relaxant to incapacitate him before suffocating him with a pillow in his hotel room.

On Monday, Dubai police announced that dual-national Israelis arriving on foreign passports would be barred from entering. Voice and face profiling will be used to detect Israeli citizens.

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