"I am shocked, it's identity theft –simply unbelievable," Adam Marcus Korman told Ynet on Wednesday, minutes after finding out that a man carrying an Australian passport with his name on it is suspected of being involved in the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.
Korman, 34, who works in a store on Tel Aviv's Rothschild Avenue, was born in Australia and immigrated to Israel as a child.
The news from Dubai reached Korman while he was with clients in his store. He was perplexed as to how he will fly to Australia, now that he was considered an "international suspect". Korman told Ynet that every few years he travels to the Down Under for a visit. "I am quite shocked and can't believe this is happening," he said.
"I received phone calls from every international media, but was not contacted by any official Israeli or European authority, including the Interpol," Korman added, "I have traveled all over the world, but never visited Dubai or the United Arab Emirates.
"I have been frightened and shocked since receiving the news. It's irresponsible and a violation of human and individual rights to do such a thing," he concluded.
The new list that was revealed by Dubai authorities Wednesday included, as with the previous list, names of Israelis who carry foreign passports and whose identity was stolen without their knowledge.
15 new suspects
An Ynet investigation revealed that another name on the new list belongs to a female Israeli resident; however she has denied having a foreign passport.
Relatives of two other Israelis whose names were included in the new suspect list preferred not to make any comments on the matter. In addition, a few hours after Dubai authorities revealed the new list, the names of "suspects" Philip Carr and Daniel Marc Schnur "magically" disappeared from the 144 phone directory website.
Earlier Wednesday, the Dubai police uncovered 15 new suspects in the assassination, bringing the total number of people believed involved to 26. All suspects used credit cards that were issued in the same American bank. Dubai police also said that some of the team members left to Iran after the assassination.
According to a report in the Arab media, the 15 new suspects carried six British passports, three Irish passports, three French passports and three Australian ones.
Al-Jazeera television network reported that the new suspects include five females and that the members of the hit team arrived in Dubai from Munich, Rome, Paris, Milano and Hong Kong.