The late Mahmoud al-Mabhouh
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Poland to rule on suspected Israeli spy within month
Polish court to decide whether to hand over suspect in Mabhouh assassination to Germany

A Polish court will rule within a month whether to extradite a suspected Israeli spy who is wanted by Germany in connection with the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, a court spokesman said on Monday.


The spokesman confirmed that Polish authorities had detained a man using the name Uri Brodsky who is the subject of a European arrest warrant issued by Germany.


The man is suspected of fraudulently obtaining a German passport believed to have been used by a member of the hit squad that Dubai says assassinated Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a hotel room in January.


"The man sought by Germany was detained a week ago. He will be held for up to 40 days and during this time the court will have to rule whether to extradite him," said Wojciech Malek, a spokesman for the Warsaw district court.


But meanwhile Dubai said it may seek Brodsky's extradition. Police Chief Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim said a request may come if a "direct link to the assassination on our soil" is established. His remarks were reported on Monday by The Gulf News.


Tamim's statement was a contradiction of what he had said Sunday, namely that the emirate did not plan to demand Brodsky's extradition because he was wanted in Germany. "He committed the crime in Germany, it's only natural that he be extradited there," he said.


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