Mahmoud al-Mabhouh

'Poland to ask court to hand Israeli over to Germany'

Spokeswoman for Warsaw prosecutor’s office tells Bloomberg news agency prosecutors will likely ask court on Wednesday to extradite man wanted for document fraud in connection with assassination of Hamas commander in Dubai

Polish prosecutors will likely ask a court in Warsaw on Wednesday to hand over to Germany an Israeli citizen wanted for document fraud in connection with the assassination of senior Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January, the Bloomberg news agency reported Tuesday.


German officials say the man, identified as "Uri Brodsky", is suspected of forging the passport of one of the men who was involved in the killing.


Monika Lewandowska, a spokeswoman for the Warsaw prosecutor’s office, told Bloomberg by phone that "the motion is being prepared and may be submitted to the court already tomorrow,” after which a judge will have 40 days to consider it.


The suspect was arrested at Warsaw’s Okecie airport after Germany issued a European arrest warrant for him.


According to a Der Spiegel report published over the weekend, Brodsky is suspected of aiding and abetting a crime and illegally acquiring a German passport in 2009 for one of Mabhouh's alleged assassins.


Brodsky was detained with an international arrest warrant, which was issued by Berlin after the government learned that at least one German passport was used during the Dubai assassination plot five months ago.


The German investigation was said to have lasted a few months, during which it was discovered that the passport was issued to a man named Michael Bodenheimer in 2008.


Bodenheimer was said to have requested the passport on the basis of his residency in Germany and a wedding certificate belonging to his parents, who he claimed were persecuted there by the Nazis.


"Now the Polish must decide whether to extradite him to Germany," said an official with the German Justice Ministry.


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