Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Suspects in Palestinian killing still in Malaysia, say police

Suspects in Palestinian killing still in Malaysia, say police

According to intelligence officials, the Hamas member was targeted by the Mossad because of his activities.

The Malaysian government has no diplomatic ties with Israel and is a long-time supporter of both the PLO and Hamas.

In Malaysia, authorities said the motorcycle used in Batsh's killing had not been stolen, the Times reported.

The New York Times report stated that one official claimed that Batash was involved in negotiations regarding a massive shipment of weapons with North Korea.

Fadi al-Batsh, a Hamas-linked electrical engineer assassinated in Malaysia over the weekend, was shot because of his arms dealings for the terror organizations.

The Times also cited a United Nations report claiming that Pyongyang had established shell companies to circumvent worldwide sanctions allowing it to conduct sales of "military-grade communication systems" through Kuala Lumpur.

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Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group has described the victim, Fadi al-Batsh, as a "commander" in its military wing and accused Israel of being behind Saturday's shooting.

Since March 30, the Israeli army has killed 40 Palestinians and wounded more than 5,000 others.

Hamas' efforts to cultivate its scientists overseas, the officials said, are being directed from Turkey and on the day of his death Batash was meant to travel to Istanbul to meet with the head of the unit overseeing those efforts. New York Times has reported that Batsh was killed as part of an alleged operation by Mossad to take out Hamas scientists and engineers training overseas to gather "know-how and weaponry to fight Israel".

He reportedly said that "every mind that has knowledge, expertise and experience is the target of an assassination, or any mind in the world that could someday be part of our nation, they [Israel] pursue the Arab scientist and academic - from Iran to Tunisia, and Malaysia". His family blamed Mossad for the assassination, but Israel has denied any involvement.

Israel has repeatedly distanced itself from suspected Mossad killings, and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman suggested internal Palestinian disputes sealed Batsh's fate.

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