Israel against spy's arrest

2010-02-19 13:02

Jerusalem - Israel on Friday shrugged off calls for its top spy to be arrested over the killing of a Hamas commander.

"The Dubai police [have] provided no incriminating proof," a senior official told AFP, asking not to be identified.

The Dubai police chief said on Thursday he wants Mossad chief Meir Dagan to be arrested if the agency is behind last month's killing of Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a top commander of the Islamist Hamas movement that rules Gaza.

"The threats against Meir Dagan are absurd," the Israeli official said.

"The accusations are baseless. Police have not explained the circumstances of his death, or even any proof that he's been assassinated. All there is are videos of people talking on the telephone," he said.