Uri Brodsky in court
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'Israeli spy' may be set free in Berlin

Germany to decide fate of Uri Brodsky, suspected in Mabhouh case, after extradition from Poland

A German judge will decide the future of a suspected Israeli spy, linked to the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, after his extradition from Poland, German state prosecutors said on Tuesday.


Uri Brodsky is due to be extradited on suspicion 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.


"I'm gearing up for him possibly arriving on Friday," a spokesman for prosecutors said in the western city of Cologne, adding that Brodsky otherwise probably would arrive at the start of next week.


Once Brodsky arrived in Germany, a judge would decide if he needed to remain in custody, or whether another deal with his defence lawyers could be agreed, the spokesman said. In this case, Brodsky could be released, he added.


Only then would it become clear whether charges would be raised against Brodsky and if so, what these may be, he added.


The passport in question was issued in Cologne in 2009.


Last week Brodsky's lawyer in Poland said her client may be put on trial for forgery, not espionage.


The hit squad used fraudulent British, French, Irish and Australian as well as German passports, according to Dubai.


Mabhouh, born in the Gaza Strip, had lived in Syria since 1989 and Israeli and Palestinian sources have said he played a role in smuggling Iranian-funded arms to militants in Gaza.



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