UK investigators to interview British citizens in Tel Aviv

Individuals whose identities were apparently used by alleged hit squad may receive new biometric passports.

March 1, 2010 03:59
Suspected al-Mabhouh assassins.

Suspected al-Mabhouh assassins 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Two investigators from Britain’s Serious and Organized Crime Agency are set to interview several British citizens living in Israel who will arrive at the British Consulate in Tel Aviv this week to receive new biometric passports, as international inquiries into the assassination of senior Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh continue.

The British Embassy has offered the new passports, which will encode facial biometric features, to all Britons who found their name on a list of suspected hit squad members, publicized this month by Dubai Police.

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British Embassy Spokesman Rafi Shamir told The Jerusalem Post that all British citizens who found their names on the list have expressed an interest in receiving the new passports, and will be met by the police investigators in the coming days at the consulate.

SOCA describes itself as an intelligence-led agency geared towards fighting organized immigration crime and serious drugs offenses. One SOCA investigator arrived in Israel last week, while a second arrived over the weekend.

A number of British-Israelis whose names appeared on the suspect list declined to comment on Sunday.

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