Was Prisoner X Part of Botched Israeli Assassination of Hamas Man in Dubai?

Ben Zygier Is Not Suspect in Infamous Case, Forensics Reveal

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By Reuters

Published February 15, 2013.
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The suspected Israeli double agent dubbed Prisoner X is not the same man as a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai , a forensic report commissioned by Reuters has determined.

Israel has released few details on the case of Melbourne-born Ben Zygier, reported to have been a Mossad recruit found dead in an isolated prison cell in Israel in 2010. The silence has led to widespread speculation about the man’s secret arrest and alleged crime.

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida on Thursday quoted unidentified Western sources as saying Zygier took part in the killing by a Mossad hit-team of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mahbouh in Dubai in January 2010.

Zygier is believed to have been arrested in February 2010.

In 2010 Dubai released images of 26 suspects, taken from CCTV footage and from forged passports they were believed to have been travelling on. Footage showed some suspects apparently in different disguises, some of them in wigs.

Reuters commissioned a comparison of Zygier’s photos and that of one of the Dubai hit squad suspects most likely to have been Zygier, were he to have been one of the 26 people implicated by Dubai police and travelling under a false identity and in disguise.

That suspect would likely have been a man who according to Dubai police travelled with a forged Australian passport under the name Joshua Daniel Bruce, born in Melbourne, which is also Zygier’s birthplace.

The facial comparison report by Anley Consulting Forensic Imagery Analysis in Dorset, England, that compared Zygier’s photos with the image of the person in the forged Bruce passport, concluded that they were not the same man.


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