Tuesday, March 16, 1999
Paris Fingers Mossad KillerBy Dov Alfon, Ha'aretz Media Correspondent
PARIS - France's investigation into the 1992 Paris murder of Palestine Liberation Organization security chief Atef Bseiso has come to a close, with investigators pointing the finger at the Mossad.
Details of the investigator's report were published yesterday in the French daily Le Figaro.
The investigators believe that the Israeli secret service enlisted the help of another senior PLO figure, Adnan Yasin, in carrying out the assassination. Bseiso, who was 44 at the time of the murder, was gunned down at the Meridien Montparnasse hotel on the night of July 7, 1992. Two men shot him at close range, gathered the fallen bullet cartridges and quickly disappeared. The Abu Nidal organization claimed responsibility for the murder, but PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat accused the Israelis.
The French report includes an interview with Uri Saguy, who was head of Israel's General Security Service at the time of the assassination. Saguy denied any Israeli involvement, but recalled Bseiso's part in the murder of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.
The French invested a great deal of effort in investigating the killing because Bseiso was an important source of information for the DST, the French secret service.
Bseiso had decided to make this trip only the night before. Only three people had advance knowledge of his plans, one of whom was the man responsible for PLO operatives' trips abroad, Adnan Yasin.
France's top investigator on the case, Jean Louis Bruguiere, asked the PLO at the beginning of 1993 for a list of the calls made from Yasin's telephone at the PLO's Tunis headquarters. The PLO did not respond, but three months later, Yasin was arrested and charged with treason and espionage in the service of Israel.
Yasin admitted while in custody that he had been an agent of the Mossad.
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