Passport pictures of suspects involved in Dubai hit
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Uri Brodsky to Polish court: I'm the wrong man

As Poland seeks to hand Israeli suspected in Dubai hit over to Germany, man's lawyer insists he is merely businessman with same name as wanted Mossad agent

The lawyer of Israeli citizen "Uri Brodsky", who has been arrested in Poland for document fraud in connection with the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai, has told a local court that his client is not a Mossad agent but a businessman who arrived in Poland for work purposes.


The website of Polish newspaper Gazeta reported Wednesday evening that the attorney had told the court that the incident was an unfortunate case of mistaken identity.


According to the lawyer, the Israeli national being held in detention in Warsaw is not the man wanted in the forged passports affair, and a comparison between the fingerprints of the wanted man and the detainee – who happen to have the same name – will prove that a mistake has been made.


According to the report, Poland has received the fingerprints of the "real" Brodsky from Germany, and it won't take long to confirm or refute the lawyer's claim. Monika Lewandowska, a spokeswoman for the Warsaw prosecutor’s office, said that a thorough investigation had revealed that the detained man's passport was real and that there were no doubts regarding his identity.


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 Mahmoud al-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.


פרסום ראשון: 06.17.10, 07:08
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