Dubai doesn't want 'Mossad agent'

Emirate's police chief asks that Israeli be punished in Germany.

By JPOST STAFF.COM
June 13, 2010 15:49
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A banner poster ofMahmoud al-Mabhouh

Mabhouh 311 AP. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Dubai will not request the extradition of a suspected Mossad spy who might have played a role in the Mabhouh assassination in January, Dubai’s police chief, Lt.-Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, said on Sunday according to a report cited by Channel 10.

"The suspect committed his crime in Germany, so it is natural that he would be prosecuted there. What is important is that he is punished, not which country punishes him," commented Tamim.

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A spokesman for the federal public prosecutor told The Jerusalem Post on Saturday that Poland had arrested an intelligence officer involved in the assassination of senior Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai. According to the spokesman, Germany’s top prosecutor has issued an extradition order to Polish officials because the alleged spy provided “false information” to obtain a German passport in Cologne, which was reportedly used to travel to Dubai in January.

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The man, using the name Uri Brodsky, is suspected of working for the Mossad in Germany and helping to issue a fake German passport to a member of the Mossad hit squad that allegedly killed Mabhouh in January, a spokesman for the German federal prosecutor’s office told the Associated Press.

Beyond confirming that an Israeli citizen had been arrested at the beginning of the month in Warsaw, and that he had requested consular assistance, the Foreign Ministry refused to say anything else about the matter Saturday night, including whether Israel was trying to stop Brodsky’s extradition to Germany.

The Prime Minister’s Office, which has authority for the Mossad, refused to discuss the matter.

In Warsaw, Monika Lewandowska, a spokeswoman for Polish prosecutors, confirmed that the suspect, identified only as Uri B., was arrested at the city’s international airport on June 4.

She told the AP that the arrest warrant was made “in connection with the murder of a Hamas member in Dubai.”

Dubai police chief Tamim has said he is nearly “100-percent” certain that the Mossad masterminded the killing.


Herb Keinon and AP contributed to this report.


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