Iran challenges European gov'ts over Hamas killing

March 1, 2010 18:25


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GENEVA - Iran's foreign minister challenged Western countries Monday to explain if they helped Israeli "terror brigades" assassinate a senior Hamas commander, saying their silence was undermining calls to fight terrorism.

Manouchehr Mottaki told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday that Britain, France, Germany, Australia, Austria and Ireland should answer questions about their role in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, whose body was found in his room at a luxury Dubai hotel on January 19.

Mottaki, naming the countries because the alleged assassins used forged copies of their passports, said "their security services, the intelligence people or a part of their governments" may have been involved.

"It seems that the terror brigades of the Zionist regime, which were very active in the 1970s and 1980s, are once again revitalizing and becoming active," Mottaki told journalists through a translator. "What are Western countries doing? What is the relation of Western countries with this terror and assassination?"

Israel's UN mission declined comment. The French Foreign Ministry in Paris said Mottaki's accusation was "not credible" and deserved no comment.

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