Israeli envoy asked to explain assasins' fake passports

Israeli envoy asked to explain assasins' fake passports

Israel’s Ambassador to Ireland is to be invited to a parliamentary committee to answer questions on the use of fake Irish passports by a team of assassins, it emerged tonight.

Dr Zion Evrony has already insisted he knows nothing about the murder of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month, blamed on his country‘s secret service Mossad.

Five forged Irish passports linked to the hit squad were found in the Emirate with authentic numbers but names which did not match.

Two people, whose details were forged, have yet to be contacted.

Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Dr Michael Woods called on the Ambassador to investigate the matter with the Israeli Government before coming forward to explain the use of Irish passports.

“The fraudulent use of Irish passports in any circumstances is extremely sinister,” Dr Woods said.

“However, the fact that false Irish passports were used by persons believed to have committed murder in Dubai makes it all the more disturbing and sinister.”

The Foreign Affairs department has insisted the first officials knew of Irish passports linked to the killing was on February 4 through media reports.

The department also said it only received full details of authentic numbers being used with names which did not match on Wednesday this week.

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