Suspected Israeli spy subject to European Arrest Warrant
Warsaw Appeal Court authorized Polish Prosecutory Office to apply
surrender procedure to Uri Brodsky, an Israeli citizen suspected
of helping to forge a German passport used in connection with
the murder of a Hamas commander.
Brodsky was detained by border guards at Warsaw airport on 4
June on an arrest warrant issued by a German court in Cologne
for the person responsible for fraudulently obtaining a German
passport used by a member of a hit squad that assassinated Hamas
commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last January.
The Appeal Court upheld earlier decision by Warsaw regional court.
Polish Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper and German weekly Der Spiegel
reported earlier that the arrest in Poland had already led to
some diplomatic friction between Polish and Israeli authorities
given that the Israeli embassy had urged Polish authorities not
to extradite Brodsky.
Despite the "pro-European" stance of Polish courts,
Brodsky's surrender to German judiciary will probably not result
in charges of espionage but only of forgery, relating to false
information provided by Brodsky when applying for his passport
Read more on: BBC News [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-10883014],
Der Spiegel [http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,710366,00.html]
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