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Issue #1448      24 March 2010

CPA letter to Rudd

Prime Minister
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Mr Rudd

It is with great concern that we heard reports of the forging of Australian passports by alleged killers of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh. The Communist Party of Australia supports your demands for an explanation from the Israeli Government on the events that enabled alleged Mossad-affiliated assassins to carry out the drugging and suffocation of the Hamas leader on January 19, 2010.

The Australian government must also hold their own internal investigation to find out if there has been any participation of Australian intelligence services with Mossad. In the past, collaboration between intelligence services has not been unusual in assassination attempts of political opponents.

For example we recently learned of Australian Federal Police and Colombian Intelligence services collaboration in a campaign to vilify trade unionists and activists in both countries. Questions regarding the attempted interrogation of Colombian political prisoner Liliany Obando, who had travelled to Australia as a union representative to raise awareness of the plight of rural workers in her country, were raised by Senator Scott Ludlam in Parliament.

We believe the Australian people have a right to know if Australian intelligence services played a role in the events that led to the killing of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, including the use of Australian passports which endangers Australian travellers abroad, in particular those whose identities have been stolen.

We request that these investigations be made.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Hannah Middleton, General Secretary

Vinnie Molina, President

Communist Party of Australia

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