Saturday, July 31, 2010

Haaretz: U.S. companies transferred funds to suspects in Dubai Mossad hit

Investigators in the United States probing the assassination of a senior Hamas official have found links between U.S. companies and Israeli suspects in the case . . . in (the) Dubai assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh

The findings show U.S. authorities playing a great role in the probe than previously revealed, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Mohammed al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas official, was accused by Israel of planning a series of terror attacks and weapons transfers. He  was found dead in a Dubai hotel room on January 19 after alleged Mossad agents used forged UK passports to enter Dubai. Dubai police have publicly accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of the hit.

The U.S. companies identified by investigators include wed-based firms that pair temporary job-seekers with employers.  the WSJ said. Authorities have identified financial transfers from several intermediary businesses into prepaid, cash-card accounts used by suspects in the Dubai killing, according to international investigators.

The companies are not accused of any complicity in the attack. Investigators believe suspects might have posed as freelance workers to obtain cover, using the the income from the companies for operational expenses, such as plane tickets.

Representatives of several companies identified in the probe, including, Elance Inc. and Rent a Coder, which is now called These companies had not been contacted by U.S. authorities and were unaware of any investigation.


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