'Dubai police chief claims Mossad threatened to kill him'

Lt.-Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim tells Emerati newspaper he has received 2 death threats since the Mabhouh assassination with Mossad origins.

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September 30, 2010 17:35
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Dubai's Police Chief Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim

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Dubai police chief Lt.-Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim claims to have received threats from individuals connected to the Mossad to keep quiet about the details of the Mahmoud al-Mabhouh assassination if he wants to remain alive, according to a Thursday report by the al-Ittihad daily cited by AFP.

The first death threat reportedly came days after Tamim publicized photos of the suspected assassins and accused the Mossad of involvement in the murder.  "Protect your back if you plan on keeping your tongues loose," said an email that Tamim allegedly received.

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The second death threat according to the reports was received via a telphone call made to one of Tamim's relatives, a retired senior Emirati official, from a dual-nationality Westerner who "asked my relative to advise me to remain silent," Tamim was quoted as saying. He added that it was later proven that the caller was a former Mossad agent.

In another significant break in the Mabhouh case, Tamim also reportedly told al-Ittihad that a "Western country" had arrested one of the suspected Mabhouh assassins "two days ago" and the UAE is seeking the suspect's extradition to the UAE.

Tamim was eager to comment in June on a planned shakeup in the Mossad's leadership.

In an interview with the Emirati newspaper Gulf News which was cited by Army Radio, Tamim said that Meir Dagan was pressed to leave his job as Mossad chief because "the Mossad certainly does not accept losers."

Tamim was referring to the suspected Mossad hit of Mabhouh and the subsequent international fallout generated by the use of stolen identities and forged passports by the alleged members of the assassination team.

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