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08 March 2010 - Media release

Broadening Dubai murder investigation sees INTERPOL join international task force as it issues 16 additional Red Notices

LYON, France – INTERPOL is to join a Dubai-based international task force investigating the murder of Palestinian national and Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh on 19 January 2010. At the request of UAE/Dubai authorities, the world police body has also issued a further 16 Red Notices to assist in the arrest of additional suspects now linked to the murder of Al-Mabhouh, bringing the total to 27.

The creation of the task force and the publication of the new Red Notices came as investigative information provided by the authorities in Dubai bore out the international links and broad scope of the number of people involved, as well as the role of two ‘teams’ of individuals identified by the Dubai police as being linked to Al-Mabhouh’s murder.

According to the Dubai police investigation, the first team consisted of a smaller core group alleged to have carried out the killing, while a second team, the members of which are now also subject of Red Notices, is believed to have aided and abetted the first team by closely watching, following and reporting Al Mabhouh's movements from the moment he landed at Dubai airport until his murder on 19 January.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said that the ‘thorough’ investigation by Dubai police had established ‘clear’ links through passport records and video surveillance of individuals and groups, as well as through DNA analysis, witness interviews and hotel, credit card, phone and transport records.

Dubai police have also agreed to enter into INTERPOL's international databases all relevant evidence related to the investigation, including DNA profiles recovered from the scene.

“Sharing all existing available information with INTERPOL and the international law enforcement community is all the more important when the case reportedly involves multiple cross-border movements worldwide and the use of fraudulently altered passports by individuals using aliases,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Evidence of these global links touching each of INTERPOL’s four regions worldwide makes the creation of the international task force with INTERPOL and interested countries whose passports were fraudulently altered essential to the investigation. It can only further help connect the dots and shed light on Al-Mabhouh’s murder and ultimately bring those responsible to justice,” added the head of the world policing body.

The latest publication of the Red Notices came at the request of Dubai police and INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Abu Dhabi, with whom the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters and Command and Co-ordination Centre in Lyon are working closely, together with NCBs in other member countries, to determine the true identities of the alleged perpetrators behind Mahmoud al-Mabhouh’s murder.