Both Israeli and Polish officials continued to shroud the arrest in Warsaw earlier this month of an Israeli who allegedly forged one of the passports used by the team that purportedly killed Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January, amid reports that it is just a matter of time before the man will be extradited to Germany.

“We are not confirming any information,” a spokesman at the Polish embassy in Tel Aviv said of the arrest some 10 days ago of the alleged Mossad agent who goes by the name of Uri Brodsky. “We are not commenting.”

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The spokesman refused to comment not only on the arrest of Brodsky, but also on whether Israel has asked Poland not to extradite him to Germany, or whether the incident has caused tension between Jerusalem and Warsaw.

Germany has reportedly asked for Brodsky’s extradition because he was allegedly involved in providing false information to obtain a German passport in Cologne for a man by the name of Michael Bodenheimer that was apparently used by the squad that killed Mabhouh.

In Germany, meanwhile, a spokesman for the German federal prosecutor told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the prosecutor’s office “does not know” if Israel “intervened” with Poland regarding the extradition of the alleged spy. The spokesman said he read the news item about the Israeli government contacting Polish officials in the Der Spiegel report that broke the story.

When asked what the legal timeline was in connection with the extradition process, the German spokesman said that depended on “many different factors.” He declined to give a time frame and said the legal options available to the suspect conform to EU guidelines.

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