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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Australia complained to Israel in 2010 after Dubai said forged Australian passports were used by the Mossad squad. Mabhouh’s killers, authorities in the emirate said, also had British, Irish, French and German passports.

Joshua Daniel Bruce is believed to be an alias of the man in the forged passport’s photo, which also appears on INTERPOL’s wanted list. He appears to be of the same age group as the 34-year-old Zygier was and from all 26 suspects he bears the most resemblance to Zygier.

A second facial comparison expert contacted by Reuters said, based only on a preliminary review of the photos, that there were some similarities in the men’s faces that could not totally exclude the possibility of them being the same person, but that two major discrepancies made that unlikely.

The Kuwaiti newspaper report did not single out any of the 26 Dubai hit squad suspects as being Zygier. It is possible that others involved in Mabhouh’s assassination were not caught on camera or identified by investigators.

Israel has not confirmed or denied involvement in Mabhouh’s killing.

Media reports in Australia have said that Zygier carried out Mossad missions abroad while using Australian passports and travelling under different names and that he was under Australian intelligence investigation for espionage.

Israel has neither denied nor confirmed Zygier was a Mossad officer. It has only said that in 2010 it held a dual-nationality Israeli in prison under a false name for security reasons and that this man committed suicide in jail.

A lawyer who advised Zygier said he was charged with “grave crimes” and that he denied the allegations against him.


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