Ben Zygier the Australian born Mossad agent found dead in a suicide proof Israeli jail cell, is a suspect in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai in January 2010.
Israel has released few details on the case of Melbourne-born Ben Zygier, reported to have been a Mossad recruit found dead in an isolated prison cell in Israel in 2010. The silence has led to widespread speculation about the man's secret arrest and alleged crime.
The Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida on Thursday quoted unidentified Western sources as saying Zygier took part in the killing by a Mossad hit-team of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January 2010. Zygier is believed to have been arrested in February 2010.
In 2010 Dubai released images of 26 suspects, taken from CCTV footage and from forged passports they were believed to have been traveling on. Footage showed some suspects apparently in different disguises, some of them in wigs.
That suspect would likely have been a man who according to Dubai police traveled with a forged Australian passport, born in Melbourne, which is also Zygier's birthplace.
Australia complained to Israel in 2010 after Dubai said forged Australian passports were used by the Mossad squad. Mabhouh's killers, authorities in the emirate said, also had British, Irish, French and German passports.
It is possible that others involved in Mabhouh's assassination were not caught on camera or identified by investigators.
Israel has not confirmed or denied involvement in Mabhouh's killing.
Media reports in Australia have said that Zygier carried out Mossad missions abroad while using Australian passports and traveling under different names and that he was under Australian intelligence investigation for espionage.