Michael Evans, Jenny Booth and Hugh Tomlinson
Feb 17 2010
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) has been brought in to investigate the use of British passports in the assassination of Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
Senior Whitehall sources said Soca, set up in 2004, had taken the lead in the investigation to discover how British documents had been involved in the operation believed to have been carried out by Mossad, the Israeli secret service.
One Whitehall official told The Times: “The evidence so far makes very bad reading but until we can get all the facts about exactly what happened, we won’t be in a position to decide what action to take. We have to be clear about the facts before we slag people off.”
If the evidence incriminated Israel, the official said it would be up to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to summon the Israeli ambassador and demand an explanation.
This article was posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 10:35 am