Daily Israel Report

Poland Turns Down Israel, to Extradite ‘Mossad Agent’ to Germany

Poland, a long-time ally of Israel, has turned down a request to allow alleged Mossad agent to return to Israel and will hand him over to Germany.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 6/14/2010, 7:42 PM

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Poland, a long-time friend of Israel, has turned down a request to allow alleged Mossad agent Uri Brodsky to return to Israel and instead will hand him over to German authorities. Brodsky has been accused of being linked to the elimination of Hamas co-founder Mahmoud Mabhouh (pictured above) in Dubai last in January.

“The prosecutor's office will ask the Warsaw court to order the handover to Germany,” Polish spokeswoman Monika Lewandowska was quoted as saying by Poland's PAP news agency. Israel has not commented on the report, which did not mention Brodsky by name.

Der Spiegel reported last Saturday that Polish authorities arrested Brodsky at the Warsaw airport two weeks ago on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining a German passport, used in the assassination of Mabhouh.

After the death of Mabhouh, Dubai police said that more than two dozen Mossad agents already were involved in the targeting and the cloning of foreign passports from Britain, France, Germany, Ireland and Australia.

Israeli ministers had pleaded with Poland not to extradite Brodsky. "Poland needs to tell Germany that it is sending an Israeli citizen to Israel, and if there is some complaint against him, we have legal procedures [that] have great credibility with the international legal system," Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said. "First they have to prove that he has done what he is accused of.”

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz stated, "Israel should oppose the extradition of any Israeli citizen to another country and act to bring him back to this country.”