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Newsline: Alleged Mossad spy arrest over Hamas hit led to diplomatic friction

An alleged Mossad spy from Israel wanted in connection with the hit-squad slaying of a Hamas agent in Dubai has been arrested in Poland. The man, using the name Uri Brodsky, is suspected of working for Mossad in Germany and helping to issue a fake German passport to a member of the Mossad operation that allegedly killed Hamas agent Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January. Brodsky was arrested in early June upon his arrival in Poland because of a European arrest warrant issued by Germany which is now seeking his extradition. The suspect appeared before a Polish court on June 6, and was ordered to remain in temporary arrest for up to 40 days. In Israel, the Foreign Ministry said without elaborating that it was aware of the man’s fate. The arrest in Poland already has already led to some diplomatic friction. The Israeli Embassy has urged Polish authorities not to extradite Brodsky. Germany’s Foreign Ministry had no comment on the case and referred to an ongoing judicial investigation by the federal prosecutor’s office. Australia expelled an Israeli diplomat in May after it emerged Australian passports were used in the killing of al-Mabhouh. Israel responded by saying the decision was regrettable.



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