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- Alleged Israeli spy Uri Brodsky, who purportedly provided the fake
German passport used in the Dubai assassination in January, may be
extradited from Poland to Germany this week.
Federal prosecutor in Karlsruhe alleged that Brodsky illegally obtained a
German passport, which allowed a hit man using the name Michael
Bodenheimer to travel to Dubai to kill Hamas commander and Iranian arms
smuggler Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.
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is slated for Monday in Warsaw to determine if Brodsky will be
extradited to Germany for unlawful secret service activity an providing
false information to a Cologne passport agency. The Federal prosecutor
in Karlsruhe alleges that Brodsky illegally obtained a German passport,
which allowed a hit man using the name Michael Bodenheimer to travel to
Dubai to kill Hamas commander and Iranian arms smuggler Mahmoud
al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.
The Brodsky affair has caused diplomatic friction among two of Israel's
most important European partners. According to media reports in Germany,
Israel has turned the diplomatic screws on Poland and Germany to
prevent an extradition of Brodsky to Germany. A polish diplomat told
Rzeczpospolita, a daily newspaper in Poland, in June that “if we
extradite him we will anger the Israelis. If we release him, we will
anger the Germans. When we discovered this man...we should have
pretended that we had not seen him. But now it is too late.”
The federal prosecutor told the The Jerusalem Post in June that the
matter is based on the forgery of a German passport and illicit secret
service activity in the Germany. He insisted that the pursuit of the
alleged secret service agent is purely a legal matter, and would not
identify the agent as Israeli. The alleged Israel spy could face
incarceration during the legal process, or the court may release him on
bail while the judicial proceeding unfolds. The German government could
also decide to release the Israeli suspect.