Two Michael Bodenheimers?

Germany probes Dubai 'murder'

Der Spiegel says German government searching for traces of alleged Mabhouh assassin who used German passport

Germany is continuing its probe of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh's assassination in Dubai and the use of a German passport by one of the alleged assassins, relating to the suspicions as a possible murder, Der Spiegel reported Monday on its website.


Last week, German intelligence agency BND told the German parliament it believes the Mossad is responsible for the murder of the Hamas commander.


Der Spiegel has previously reported that the German passport used by one of the alleged assassins, which carried the name Michael Bodenheimer, was not fraudulent. A man by the same name lives in Bnei Brak and denied any knowledge of the case.


Germany's state prosecution is investigating whether false documents were presented for the issuing of the passport. The documents, including an Israeli passport and a marriage certificate belonging to Bodenheimer's parents, were filed by attorneys under the claim that the family was persecuted by the Nazis. The passport was issued on June 18, 2009.


Detectives are currently investigating flight passenger lists, entry permits, and security camera footage at Frankfurt airport. According to Dubai's police force, Bodenheimer traveled to Hong Kong after the murder with five other alleged assassins, and then returned to Frankfurt with one of them.


Meanwhile, investigators in Austria handed in the results of their probe on the use of cellular phones and SIM cards by the team of 26 alleged assassins before and during the operation. Austria has given no further details on the probe.


פרסום ראשון: 03.01.10, 23:00
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