The Associated Press
4 comments By JUERGEN BAETZ Associated Press Writer
BERLIN June 12, 2010 (AP)
An alleged Mossad spy from Israel wanted in connection with the hit-squad slaying of a Hamas agent in Dubai has been arrested in Poland, officials
FILE -in this March 24, 2010 file photo a Palestinian youth walks out of a store covered with...
FILE -in this March 24, 2010 file photo a Palestinian youth walks out of a store covered with posters of of assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, one of
the founders of Hamas military wing, near his family house in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. A spokesman for Germany's federal prosecutor's
office says Polish authorities have arrested an alleged Mossad agent who is wanted in connection with the slaying of the Hamas leader in Dubai. He
told The Associated Press on Saturday, June 12, 2010, that Germany is now seeking extradition of Uri Brodsky, who is suspected of working for a
foreign spy agency in Germany and having facilitated the issuing of a German passport to one of the members of the Mossad's hit squad that was
allegedly behind the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January. (AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)
(AP)The man, using the name Uri Brodsky, is suspected of working for Mossad in Germany and helping to issue a fake German passport to a member of the
Mossad operation that allegedly killed Hamas agent Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January, a spokesman for the German federal prosecutor's office
told The Associated Press.
Brodsky was arrested in early June upon his arrival in Poland because of a European arrest warrant issued by Germany which is now seeking his
extradition, the spokesman said, declining to be named in line with department policy.
The spokesman had no estimate of how long it could take for Brodsky to be extradited from Poland to Germany, saying "the matter is now in the hands
of the Polish authorities." If Brodsky agrees, the extradition could take a few days, but that isn't likely, the spokesman said.
In Warsaw, Monika Lewandowska, a spokeswoman for Polish prosecutors, confirmed that the suspect, identified only as Uri B., was arrested at the
city's international airport on June 4. She told the AP that the arrest warrant was made "in connection with the murder of a Hamas member in
The suspect appeared before a Polish court on June 6, and was ordered to remain in temporary arrest for up to 40 days, she said. Lewandowska had no
information on his possible extradition.
In Israel, the Foreign Ministry said without elaborating that it was aware of the man's fate. "At the moment, we're looking into that like any
other Israeli who has been arrested, and he's getting consular treatment," spokesman Andy David said.
Police in the United Arab Emirates said the elaborate hit squad linked to the Jan. 19 slaying in Dubai of al-Mabhouh — one of the founders of
Hamas' military wing — involved some 25 suspects, most of them carrying fake passports from European nations.