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BERLIN — Polish authorities on Thursday extradited a suspected Mossad agent to Germany, where he faces charges over a passport that was used in the slaying of a Hamas leader in Dubai earlier this year.RELATED:
The suspect known as Uri Brodsky was handed over to German police at Warsaw's international airport, police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said.
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An Associated Press photographer saw a man at the airport wearing a
hooded jacket pulled over his face to hide his identity as he was
escorted by masked anti-terror police.
Brodsky appeared that way during several appearances at courts in
Prosecutors in Cologne, who are handling the case against Brodsky, were
not immediately available for comment.
But a German official who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of
the issue said Brodsky was to arrive with a police helicopter at
Cologne-Bonn airport in the afternoon.
Brodsky is expected to appear Friday morning before a judge, who will
read out the warrant against him and decide at a closed-doors appearance
whether Brodsky must remain in custody pending the filing of formal
charges and a possible trial.
Brodsky was arrested June 4 at Warsaw airport on a European arrest
warrant issued by Germany, which accused him of espionage and helping to
falsely obtain a German passport.
However, Brodsky won't face spying charges in Germany. The Polish court
that granted the extradition request said he could only be sent to face
prosecution for his alleged involvement in faking an identity.
Israel's suspected forgery of European passports allegedly used by
members of a hit squad who took part in the killing of the Hamas leader
in Dubai in January annoyed several European countries, including
Britain, which expelled an Israeli diplomat over the matter in March.
Police in the United Arab Emirates said the elaborate hit squad linked
to the Jan. 19 slaying of al-Mabhouh — one of the founders of Hamas'
military wing — involved some 25 suspects, most of them carrying fake
passports from European nations and Australia.