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Alleged Israel spy Uri Brodsky will be extradited to Germany as soon as Friday, a spokesman for German state prosecutors told Reuters on Tuesday.
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"I'm gearing up for him to possibly arrive on Friday," the spokesman from Cologne was quoted by Reuters as saying.
After he arrives in Cologne, a German judge will have to determine if Brodsky will be brought up on charges and remain in custody or whether a deal with defense lawyers could be reached.A Warsaw's appeals court last Thursday upheld a July ruling ordering Brodsky extradited to Germany on forgery charges only. That means he can only be tried in Germany for forgery and not spying, which would spare Israel a possibly embarrassing espionage trial.
Brodsky (aka Alexander Verin) along with another man going by the name
"Michael Bodenheimer" discussed
acquiring a passport for Bodenheimer
in late March 2009 with a
German lawyer in Cologne, weekly Der Spiegel
reported in June.
With Brodsk's assistance, Bodeheimer claimed that his father, Hans, had
emigrated to Israel to escape persecution under Nazi rule and provided
his supposed parents' marriage certificate and his "father's" passport.
The passport was later used by one of the assassins in the killing of
Hamas terrorist Mahmoud
al- Mabhouh in Dubai in January of this year.