February 18, 2010
Killings in Dubai - Interpol on the trail of the killers
Interpol is now involved in the search for the killer of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. last week in Dubai, reports Ha'aretz, a Jerusalem media source. "Interpol should issue a warrant to help locate and arrest the head of Israel's spy agency Mossad if the organization was responsible for the killing of a Hamas militant in Dubai, the emirate's police chief said on Thursday.
In comments to be aired later on Dubai TV, police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim called for Interpol to issue "a red notice against the head of Mossad ... as a killer in case Mossad if proved to be behind the crime, which is likely now." A "Red Notice" connotes the highest level of Interpol activity, and is similar to the US FBI "Most Wanted" Listing.
Placing the possibility of a Red Notice being issued for the Director of Mossad is only the most recent action by Dibai, whose Foreign Ministry called in the Israeli Ambassador late last week over the matter--something that indicated at the time that Dubai seriously considered this killing to be a Mossad act.
Also calling in Israeli ambassors were Britain, France, and Ireland, who each demanded to know what the Israeli Government knew about the use fraudlent passports by the killers, and to state in strong terms that they would not put uith such tactics by anyone--including Mossad--that used this type of ruse in the future, CNN reported.
Other media sources also reported on this issues involved in the killing, which has taken second place to the diplomatic angst surrounding it. These included Reuters, which also called for the arrest of the Mossad chief if Mossad were involved; The LA Times, which reported the statements of the Dubai Chief of Police who implicated Mossad days ago; and YNET News, a Jerusalem-based outlet that reported on both the Interpol Red Notice and original Guardian article that started the political furor.
It remains to be seen if Interpol will issue the Red Notice for the Chief of Mossad.
In other international News.....
CNN reports the upcoming meeting with the Dalai Lama at the White House. "President Obama will meet the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, on Thursday at the White House despite strong objections from the Chinese government.
The meeting has the potential to complicate Sino-U.S. tensions further, which have been rising in recent months.
China has warned the meeting will certainly damage ties with Washington.
"It will seriously undermine the Sino-U.S. political relations," Zhu Weiqun, a senior Communist Party leader in charge of ethnic and religious affairs, said recently. "We will take corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes."
Caning in Malaysia...
The Christian Science Monitor is reporting the first canings in Malaysia for adultery. They reported, "Malaysia caned three Muslim women convicted of adultery by a court of Islamic law, the first time that women in the multi-faith country have been subject to the punishment.
Last August, a similar sentence against a Muslim woman caught drinking was deferred amid complaints that shariah courts had overstepped the mark. That punishment is still pending.
Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said he wanted to publicize the case of the three women, who also received short jail terms, because of “too much hype” over the earlier case.
“People are saying that no woman has been caned before… today I am announcing that we have already done it,” he told a press conference. He added that the women didn’t suffer any cuts or bruises from the caning and had “repented” for their offenses. Four men were also convicted of “illicit sex” and sentenced to whipping.
Wonder what the ACLU would think of that here in the good ole US of A?
This is shaping up to an interesting week. More later