June 14, 2010
The man being held by the Poles — his name, according to the Associated Press, is Uri Brodsky — is wanted in connection with the alleged murder of a leader of the military wing of Hamas, a terrorist organization backed by the same Iranian regime that backed the organization for which Hamadi worked. Why would the Germans want to help prosecute that case? Do the Germans regret the assassination that is alleged to have taken place against the leader of Hamas?
By HERB KEINON AND JPOST.COM STAFF 06/14/2010 19:18
Poles support agent’s extradition
Polish prosecutors will ask a Warsaw court to extradite spy suspect Uri Brodsky
to Germany, the Polish News Agency reported Monday.
A spokesman for the prosecution was also quoted as saying that political considerations are not involved in the decision to extradite Brodsky.
Brodsky was arrested earlier this month for allegedly forging one of the passports used by the team that purportedly killed Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January. Germany has reportedly asked for Brodsky’s extradition because he was allegedly involved in providing false information to obtain a German passport in Cologne for a man by the name of Michael Bodenheimer that was apparently used by the squad that killed Mabhouh. In Germany, meanwhile, a spokesman for the German federal prosecutor told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday that the prosecutor’s office “does not know” if Israel “intervened” with Poland regarding the extradition of the alleged spy. The spokesman said he read the news item about the Israeli government contacting Polish officials in the Der Spiegel report that broke the story. When asked what the legal timeline was in connection with the extradition process, the German spokesman said that depended on “many different factors.” He declined to give a time frame and said the legal options available to the suspect conform to EU guidelines. The UAE newspaper The National quoted on Sunday Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the Dubai Police chief, as saying Dubai would not seek the suspect’s extradition from Germany. “This person has committed the crime in Germany and therefore it is only normal that he will be prosecuted there,” he was quoted as saying. “For us, what is important [is] that he will receive his punishment irrespective of which country.” He added, however, that if Brodsky was involved in the assassination in Dubai, then his extradition would be sought.
Eastern Europe was the playground for such radical Palestinian terrorists during the cold war and they are not changing. Of course the will not hand over the so called accused over to the West. They like their Jews cooked well done in Poland and Germany.
Israeli arrested in Poland, charged with obtaining forged German passport
An Israeli was arrested in Warsaw, Poland over the weekend and charged with obtaining a forged German passport that was allegedly used in the liquidation of Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January. The German government has asked that the Israeli be extradited to Germany, Mabhouh’s family has asked that he be extradited to Dubai (Dubai says it’s not interested), and Israel has asked that he be returned to Israel.
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, a spokesman for the German federal prosecutor’s office told The Associated Press.
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 spokesman said, declining to be named in line with department policy.
The spokesman had no estimate of how long it could take for Brodsky to be extradited from Poland to Germany, saying the matter is now in the hands of the Polish authorities. “If Brodsky agrees, the extradition could take a few days, but that isn’t likely,” the spokesman said.
In Warsaw, Monika Lewandowska, a spokeswoman for Polish prosecutors, confirmed that the suspect, identified only as Uri B., was arrested at the city’s international airport on June 4. She told the AP that the arrest warrant was made in connection with the murder of a Hamas member in Dubai.
“The suspect appeared before a Polish court on June 6, and was ordered to remain in temporary arrest for up to 40 days,” she said. Lewandowska had no information on his possible extradition.
In Israel, the Foreign Ministry said without elaborating that it was aware of the man’s fate. “At the moment, we’re looking into that like any other Israeli who has been arrested, and he’s getting consular treatment,” spokesman Andy David said.
The German news weekly Der Spiegel reported that the arrest in Poland already has led to some diplomatic friction. The Israeli Embassy has urged Polish authorities not to extradite Brodsky, the magazine reports in its issue to be published Monday.
Germany’s Foreign Ministry had no comment on the case and referred to an ongoing judicial investigation by the federal prosecutor’s office. The country’s top investigating unit deals with all cases affecting internal or external security, including terrorism or espionage.
Haaretz reports that the word of ‘Brodsky’s arrest was leaked by the German government to prevent Israel and Poland from making a deal for his release.
A German weekly’s report on the arrest of an alleged Israeli Mossad agent in Poland thwarted an emerging deal for his release, Polish sources told Haaretz. As a result, both Israel and Poland suspect the story was leaked to Der Spiegel by German officials.
‘Brodsky’ is apparently connected to the issuance of a German passport in the name of a Bnei Brak rabbi.
Many questions remain unanswered in the affair. It is still not known, for instance, whether Uri Brodsky is the detainee’s real name, or what role he allegedly played in Germany: Was he the Mossad’s permanent representative in Germany, or did he come to Germany especially to secure the false passport, issued in the name of a real Israeli citizen, Michael Bodenheimer – a Bnei Brak rabbi who is entitled to a German passport because his grandparents were German?
A spokesman for Germany’s federal prosecution told reporters that the offenses of which Brodsky is suspected – obtaining a document by fraud and membership in a foreign intelligence agency – carry a maximum sentence of five years.
Brodsky is not suspected of involvement in the actual hit on Mabhouh, and is not on the list of 36 suspects in that case that Dubai has given to Interpol.
Dubai’s police chief, Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, announced in an interview with The National newspaper yesterday that his country has no intention of requesting Brodsky’s extradition to Dubai – even though Mabhouh’s family has asked Dubai to do so.
In contrast, another paper, Gulf News, reported yesterday that Dubai is still considering requesting Brodsky’s extradition. But even if Dubai made such a request, it seems unlikely that either Germany or Poland would comply.
And we may have a Mossad foul-up here as well.
One complication in Israel’s efforts to secure Brodsky’s release is that Germany apparently issued a European arrest warrant for him rather than an Interpol “red alert.”
Nick Kaufman, an attorney who specializes in international law, explained to Haaretz that a red alert merely means a suspect is wanted for questioning, and is considered nonbinding. Therefore, states can exercise some discretion over whether to comply, and the suspect can also fight the extradition in court.
However, Kaufman continued, a European arrest warrant must be honored by other European Union members, and is not even subject to judicial review in the arresting country.
Brodsky himself told the Polish authorities that he is a businessman and completely innocent of the suspicions against him.
If he is a Mossad agent, as claimed in the foreign press, the question must be asked of why the spy agency allowed him to travel to an EU member state, regardless of whether he was on personal or Mossad business?
Did the Mossad not know about the German warrant? Did it not care? Or did it simply have no choice, given its relatively small cadre of experienced agents, but to reuse some of those involved in killing Mabhouh?