x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Court agrees to extradite alleged Israeli agent to Germany

A Polish court has upheld the extradition of an alleged Israeli agent to Germany over claims he was linked to the killing of a leader of Hamas in Dubai.

A Polish court has upheld a decision to extradite an alleged Israeli agent to Germany over claims he was linked to the January killing in Dubai of a leader of the Palestinian militant movement Hamas. Uri Brodsky was fighting extradition on the grounds that Polish law bars such handovers when the alleged offence is politically motivated. Mr Brodsky is wanted by Berlin for allegedly having obtained a German passport under false pretences. The document was found to have been used by a member of the hit-squad that killed Mahmud al Mabhouh, the founder of the military wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, in Dubai in January. The team, which Dubai police believe were from Israeli spy agency Mossad, were found to have used 26 doctored foreign passports, sparking diplomatic fallout not only with Germany but Australia, Britain, France and Ireland. He was arrested on June 4 at Warsaw airport by Polish authorities acting on a European Union warrant issued by Germany. A Warsaw court had approved his extradition to Germany on July 7 but lawyers for Mr Brodsky had appealed against the decision. Following the original extradition hearing, the court said it had not made any judgement on Mr Brodsky's guilt or innocence but had simply assessed that the German warrant was drafted correctly and confirmed the suspect's identity. In the wake of Mr Brodsky's arrest, Israel called on Poland to send him home rather than handing him over to Germany. *AFP / AP