Poland to extradite alleged Israeli agent to Germany

7th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Polish court decided Wednesday to extradite an alleged Israeli Mossad agent to Germany over claims he is linked to the January killing of a Hamas chief, despite Israel's calls for him to go home.

"The court has decided to hand over Uri Brodsky to German authorities for judicial procedures there," Warsaw regional court Judge Tomasz Talkiewicz said following a closed hearing.

"The court did not decide whether Brodsky committed the crime for which he is under investigation, the court only checked whether the extradition request fulfils the formal requirements and whether the suspect is correctly identified," he said.

The court said Brodsky had three days to appeal the decision, but the suspect's lawyer said it was not immediately clear whether an appeal would be launched.

Seven masked and heavily armed Polish anti-terrorist police officers escorted Brodsky into the Warsaw court Wednesday for the hearing behind closed doors.

According to German weekly Der Spiegel, which broke the story on its website last month, Brodsky was arrested at Warsaw airport on June 4 on suspicion of obtaining a German passport by fraudulent means.

The passport was used by people involved in the January 20 assassination in Dubai of Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a founder of the military wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Germany issued an international arrest warrant for Brodsky several weeks ago.

The Dubai hit sparked a diplomatic crisis for Israel after the team of assassins -- widely believed to be from the Israeli spy agency Mossad -- was found to have used 26 forged passports from Britain, France, Germany, Ireland and Australia.

© 2010 AFP

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