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Suspected ‘German’ Mossad killer probed

AFP/DPA/The Local · 22 Feb 2010, 16:33

Published: 22 Feb 2010 16:33 GMT+01:00

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The authorities have opened a fraud investigation into the actions of Michael Bodenheimer, a man thought to have been part of a team of Israeli agents that killed a top Hamas militant in Dubai last month.

Unlike the other passports of the alleged Mossad team, the German passport bearing Bodenheimer's name was apparently not forged, Der Spiegel news magazine reported on Monday.

The passport was delivered in Cologne on June 18, 2009 to an applicant who presented an Israeli passport issued at the end of 2008 and the marriage certificate of his parents, who fled Nazi Germany. The descendants of Jews persecuted during the Third Reich are eligible for German citizenship.

Prosecutors in Cologne will now try to determine if Bodenheimer fraudulently obtained his German documents.

Up until Saturday, Bodenheimer’s name could be seen on a sign at an office building in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, but the plaque has since been taken down, Israel's Yediot Aharonot daily reported.

The man has not been seen since his name appeared on one of several European passports that Dubai police said were used last month by the killers of Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a Palestinian Hamas commander.

Last week Israeli media interviewed another Michael Bodenheimer, an ultra-Orthodox Jew living in another suburb of Tel Aviv, who denied any involvement in the affair. He also bore no resemblance to the passport photo presented by Dubai police.

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The revelation that 11 people involved in the killing had European passports, many of them forged and bearing the names of Israeli citizens, has fuelled speculation that Israel's Mossad spy agency was behind the hit.

Britain, Ireland, France and Germany have all summoned Israeli diplomats over the affair, while senior Israeli officials have refused to discuss the matter in line with tradition.

AFP/DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

23:17 February 22, 2010 by Frenemy
And when the prosecutors in Cologne are done with him....probably extraordinary-rendition to E.T. or the Greys for additional "probing"! lol ;-)

Sucks to be him!

Time to buy a boat dude! (do the terms "no-fly-list" or "facial-recognition software" mean anything you?)
08:16 February 23, 2010 by Johnne
The guy is a German citizen, why all the beating around the bush? all these wouldn´t come up if he were arab or african.
11:01 February 23, 2010 by dbert4
"The guy is a German citizen, why all the beating around the bush? all these wouldn´t come up if he were arab or african."

What? The guy is Jewish as all of the other assasins were. NOTHING will happen to any of them. Such "targeted assasination" are a policy of the Israeli government who in the minds of themselves are above the law.
12:57 February 23, 2010 by Steven Scott
I guess it was a lot easier to get away when they killed J.F.K.
13:26 February 23, 2010 by Frenemy
In case anyone is interested:

Another relevant article from the folks at Stratfor:

14:05 February 23, 2010 by Dix Handley
The real lesson in this is don't harbor terrorists and you won't have a problem. If nations like the UAE refused entry to murdering terrorist lowlifes or arrested them, Israel wouldn't have to resort to such measures. But the Arab nations like to demonstrate that they are hardly civilized themselves. Stand tall and stand strong Israel. The rest of the world talks, you are action.
14:41 February 23, 2010 by dbert4
Yeah, yeah, yeah! Apartheid didn't work for the old South Africa, it's going to work for Israel. Eventually by some means they will have to be either other than the Nazis that they are or not exist.
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