'Brodsky affair legal issue only'

Report: German gov't will not interfere with agent's investigation.

June 19, 2010 19:52
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Palestinians carry a picture of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh

Mabhouh. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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The German government will not stop the investigation of alleged Mossad agent Uri Brodsky despite Israeli diplomatic pressure to do so, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported on Saturday.

Brodsky was arrested earlier this month in Poland for allegedly forging one of the passports used by the team that purportedly killed Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.

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A German official was quoted as saying that this is solely a legal issue which will be left to the proper legal authorities to decide with no governmental interference.

Last week Der Spiegel reported that Israel had pressured both Germany and Poland not to extradite Brodsky to Berlin.

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.

Brodsky is currently in custody in Poland awaiting a Warsaw court's decision whether or not he should be extradited.

Britain, Ireland and Australia have already expelled Israeli diplomats in the aftermath of the attack.

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