Dubai's police chief on Thursday said he had received death threats from Israel's spy agency Mossad linked to his role in uncovering details of the assassination of a senior Hamas military official. The Arabic Al-Ittihad daily quoted Dahi Khalfan as saying he had "received two death threats based on the case of Hamas militant" Mahmud al-Mabhuh's assassination in a Dubai hotel on January 20.
The police chief accused Mossad of being behind both threats, the paper added. The first threat came days after Khalfan released images of the suspected killers and at the same time accused Mossad of involvement in the murder. "Protect your back if you were capable of leaving your tongue loose," a message said, according to the paper. Experts in the United Arab Emirates had traced the source of this message, Khalfan told the paper.
The second threat, the paper said, was a telephone call to one of Khalfan's relatives, a retired top Emirati official, from a "Westerner with a dual passport" whom, he said, had asked "my relative to advise me to remain silent." It was later proved that the caller was a retired Mossad agent, he added.