'Brodsky's verdict is very good'

Lawyer of alleged Mossad agent denies links to Israel.

July 8, 2010 10:15
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Alleged mossad agent Uri Brodsky going to court.

brodsky 311. (photo credit: AP)

Anna Mika-Kopec, alleged Mossad agent Uri Brodsky's Polish defense attorney, said she is not in contact with any Israelis, in an interview with Army Radio on Thursday.

Kopec also refused to say who is paying her.

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A Warsaw regional court on Wednesday ordered Brodsky's extradition to Germany, to face charges of illegally obtaining a German passport.

"It's a very good verdict," Kopec said to Army Radio. "He's only accused of falsely obtaining documents, not spying."

Brodsky will decide whether to appeal his extradition after the written ruling is issued by the court next week, defense Kopec said. But she said the ruling could be good for him because his potential sentence is less than he would face if he were tried and convicted of forgery and spying. Spying could carry up to an additional five years.

Another lawyer for Brodsky, Krzysztof Stepinski, said his client would decide whether to appeal after he receives a Hebrew translation of the court documents.

The federal prosecutor in Karlsruhe alleged that Brodsky forged a German passport, which allowed a supposed hit man using the name of Michael Bodenheimer to travel to Dubai to kill Hamas commander and Iranian arms smuggler Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January.

Brodsky was detained in Poland last month on an arrest warrant issued by Germany.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, who is a member of Chancellor Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said on Wednesday that the extradition is being “dealt with primarily as a matter of criminal law, and not according to foreign policy interests.” He notified the leaders of the opposition parties about the details of the extradition application.

Israel is concerned that the extradition could torpedo its request to receive missile ships from Berlin. Officials had expected to hear from Germany in June whether it would sell Israel two new Meko-class missile ships.

AP and Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

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