Germany's intelligence agency BND 311 (R).
(photo credit: Fabrizio Bensch / Reuters)
German intelligence agency head Ernst Uhrlau said Friday that the
expected return of Gilad Shalit after more than five years of captivity
is a huge achievement and the fact that Germany was a partner in
efforts to release the captive soldier is a source of pride.
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Uhrlau refused to give details on the Shalit deal or how it was reached.
is known however, that a German intelligence agent, known as Gerhard
Konrad served as an independent moderator in the deal because the German
government is not in contact with Hamas.
Konrad was also
involved in the deal that returned the bodies of IDF reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud
Goldwasser to Israel in exchange for five Hezbollah terrorists in 2008.
The transfer of Schalit was expected to take place on Tuesday.
He will reportedly be taken to Cairo before being brought to the border
with Israel. There he will be reunited with his family for the first
time in more than five years.