Poland extradites alleged Israeli agent to Germany: police

12th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Poland on Thursday handed over to Germany an alleged Israeli agent suspected of being linked to the January killing in Dubai of Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a leader of the Palestinian militant movement Hamas.

Polish police said suspect Uri Brodsky, an Israeli citizen, was transferred to Germany by airplane Thursday afternoon.

"Logically, he should already be in Germany," Poland's national police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said Thursday.

A spokesman for the prosecutor's office in the western German city of Cologne said authorities were expecting Brodsky to arrive later Thursday and that he would appear before a magistrate Friday to hear the charges against him.

On August 5, a Polish appellate court upheld an earlier decision to extradite Brodsky to Germany where he is wanted for allegedly obtaining a German passport under false pretences, an offence punishable under German law by up to three years in prison or a fine.

The passport was found to have been used by a member of the hit-squad that killed al-Mabhuh.

The squad, which Dubai police believe was from Israeli spy agency Mossad, was found to have used 26 doctored foreign passports, sparking diplomatic fallout not only with Germany but also Australia, Britain, France and Ireland.

Israel has denied any Mossad involvement in the al-Mabhuh assassination.

© 2010 AFP

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