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Polish prosecutors will ask a Warsaw court to extradite spy suspect Uri Brodsky to Germany, the Polish News Agency reported Monday.
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A spokesman for the prosecution was also quoted as saying that political considerations are not involved in the decision to extradite Brodsky.
Brodsky was arrested earlier this month for allegedly forging one of the passports used by the team that purportedly killed Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January.
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.
The UAE newspaper The National quoted on Sunday Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan
Tamim, the Dubai Police chief, as saying Dubai would not seek the
suspect’s extradition from Germany.
“This person has committed the crime in Germany and therefore it is only
normal that he will be prosecuted there,” he was quoted as saying. “For
us, what is important [is] that he will receive his punishment
irrespective of which country.”
He added, however, that if Brodsky was involved in the assassination in
Dubai, then his extradition would be sought.