Dubai's police chief says he would issue an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if evidence shows that Israel's intelligence service, Mossad, was behind the killing of a senior Hamas official last month. Hamas has previously accused Israeli agents of being behind the killing.
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a founder of the group's military wing, was electrocuted in a Dubai hotel room. Dubai's government has said they believe the crime was likely committed by a 'professional criminal gang' of foreigners who managed to leave the country before the body was detected.
Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Dubai's police chief, told the newspaper The National Daily that, "Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will be the first to be wanted for justice as he would have been the one who signed the decision to kill al-Mabhouh in Dubai. We will issue an arrest warrant against him," Reuters reports.
Tamim didn't speak of any specific evidence linking Israel to the assassination.
Last month al-Mabhouh's brother told the AP that his brother had survived two previous assassination attempts, including one six months ago, and that "It was expected that the Mossad would try to kill him."
Earlier this week Palestinian militants launched explosives into the Mediterranean in what they said was an act of retaliation for al-Mabhou's killing.