Israeli diplomat to be expelled

THE Government will today kick out an Israeli diplomat over the use of forged Irish passports in the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai.

It’s understood investigations by the Garda and Passport Office have led to the “inescapable conclusion” that an Israeli government agency was responsible both for the misuse and manufacture of the forgeries.

As a result, Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin will recommend to the Cabinet meeting that a member of the Israeli embassy in Dublin be expelled from the country.

Six forged Irish passports were used by suspects believed to have been involved in the killing of Mahmoud al Mabhouh in Dubai in January.

Similarly, four forged Australian and 12 forged British passports were used in the assassination, and both countries have expelled Israeli officials, having concluded that the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, was responsible.

Mr Martin received reports from the passport office and the Garda Commissioner which indicate that the sophistication in the forgeries meant they could have been manufactured only by a foreign state agency or an well-resourced criminal organisation with access to details of “significant numbers” of Irish passports.

The British and Australian investigations concluded the forgeries were most likely the work of a state intelligence service and that there were compelling reasons to believe Israel was responsible.

On the basis that the Irish passports were used by members of the same group who forged the British and Australian documents, investigators here also arrived at the conclusion that Israel was responsible.

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