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Poland to hand suspected Mossad agent to Germany

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Polish prosecutors say they want to extradite to Germany an Israeli suspected of being a Mossad agent linked to the January killing of a Hamas chief. The man was arrested in Warsaw on 4 June for allegedly using a forged German passport.

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Poland's PAP news agency quoted a spokeswoman from the prosecutor’s office, Monika Lewandowska, saying it will ask the Warsaw court to order a hand over to Germany. This is despite Israel's calls for him to be sent home.

Germany has filed a European Union arrest warrant against the man, which speeds up extraditions in the 27-nation bloc.

Although Polish officials have refused to identify the suspect, he’s been named in German media as Uri Brodsky.

German weekly Der Spiegel, which broke the story on its website on Saturday, said Brodsky was arrested at Warsaw airport on suspicion of obtaining a German passport by fraudulent means.

The passport was used by people involved in the 20 January assassination in Dubai of Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a founder of the military wing of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

The Dubai hit sparked a diplomatic crisis for Israel after the team of assassins, thought to be from the Israeli spy agency Mossad, was found to have used 26 forged passports from Britain, France, Germany, Ireland and Australia.

The Warsaw arrest has also proved delicate diplomatically for Poland, one of Israel's closest allies.

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