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Mabhouh assassination link to US firms

July 31, 2010 4:47 by

US investigators aiding a probe into the January assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai have identified a handful of U.S.-based companies believed to have been used to transfer money to suspects in the case, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The paper says the findings show that American authorities are playing a bigger role in the investigation than previously revealed. But it says the case is “especially delicate” for the US because Dubai’s chief suspect for the murder is Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, and Israel is a US ally.

The US companies implicated in the case include internet-based businesses that match freelance job-seekers with employers and process payments between the two parties. Authorities have identified financial transfers from several of these intermediary businesses into prepaid, cash-card accounts used by suspects in the Dubai killing, says the report. The intermediary companies do not appear to be implicated in the plot, however.

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was a senior Hamas military commander who was killed in the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel in January of this year.

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