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Alleged Mossad agent extradited to Germany

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(JTA) — An alleged Israeli Mossad agent suspected of involvement in the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai was extradited from Poland to Germany.

Polish police said Uri Brodsky was turned over to German police at Warsaw’s international airport on Thursday afternoon, The Associated Press reported.

A hearing is set for Friday in Germany. Media reports have suggested that Germany will let Brodsky go with a fine since the Polish appeals court decided to extradite him on charges of forgery and not for spying. The German court can only try him on the charge for which he was extradited.

Brodsky, who was arrested at the Warsaw Airport in early June, is suspected of having helped another Mossad agent, reportedly named Michael Bodenheimer, to illegally obtain a German passport as part of the plot to kill senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel room in January. Mabhouh co-founded the military wing of the Islamist Hamas movement and allegedly was in Dubai to conclude a weapons deal when he was killed.

Dubai police investigations reportedly pointed to the involvement of 33 people in the plot. They were placed on Interpol’s most wanted list, and Germany particularly sought Brodsky, according to reports.

The team allegedly used fake passports from England, Ireland, France, Australia and Germany.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied that it was involved in the assassination.

 

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