UAE concerned over Brodsky's release

FM worried that alleged Mossad agent free to return to Israel.

August 14, 2010 18:27
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The United Arab Emirates Saturday raised concerns over Germany's release of alleged Mossad agent Uri Brodsky on bail in a case over a falsified passport linked to the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai.

German authorities released Brodsky on Friday, pending a decision on whether he was involved in helping to forge passports.

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Abdurahim al-Awadhi, a top UAE Foreign Ministry official, "expressed concern that Brodsky has been released on bail and granted the freedom to return to Israel while the case against him continues," the state news agency WAM said.

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.

Israel's suspected forgery of European passports allegedly used by members of a hit squad who took part in the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai in January annoyed several European countries, including Britain, which expelled an Israeli diplomat over the matter in March.

The German authorities initially charged Brodsky with espionage activity in the Federal Republic and forgery of a passport. A Polish court ruled on July 7 that Brodsky could be extradited to Germany based on the passport forgery charge, but not because of secret service intelligence operations in the Federal Republic.

Benjamin Weinthal also contributed to this report.

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