DAMASCUS, (Reuters) – French Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Saturday condemned the assassination of a Hamas militant in Dubai and called for the truth about the killing to be established.
Dubai’s police chief has said he believes Mossad, the Israeli secret service, was involved in last month’s killing.
“I do not know all the details of this issue in Dubai. I hope that light will be shone on those responsible in this assassination,” Fillon said during a visit to Syria. “France condemns assassination. Assassination is not a means of action in international relations,” he added during a news conference held with his Syrian counterpart Mohammed Naji Otri. “All assassinations, wherever they come from, whoever ordered them should be condemned,” he added.
“Like the British and the Germans, we have asked the Israeli authorities for explanations as a French passport was used in the operation. We want to know the whole truth on the issue.”
The killing of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, found dead in a hotel in Dubai on Jan. 20, has sucked in several foreign governments as the 11 suspects whose photos were distributed by the emirate appeared to have used fake European passports to enter the emirate.