Britain to expel Israeli envoy


Britain was expected early today to expel an Israeli diplomat from London over the use of forged British passports in the Mossad assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. The move by Foreign Secretary David Miliband is the most severe rebuke from the five countries whose passports were faked for the January 20 hit in Dubai. It sets a high bar for Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, who on February 25 called in Israel’s ambassador to Canberra, Yuval Rotem, over the theft of four Australians’ identities. Mr Miliband was scheduled to address the House of Commons over the issue at 3.30pm (2.30am AEDT) following the conclusion of an investigation into the use of fake British documents. Mr Miliband’s office declined to provide details of his statement in advance, citing parliamentary rules. But a government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the decision.

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