German prosecutors have confirmed that Polish authorities arrested a suspected Mossad agent wanted by Berlin over the slaying of a Hamas commander in Dubai. It's unclear whether the suspect will be extradited to Germany.
The suspect is thought to have helped a member of a hit squad get a German passport in 2009
The German federal prosecutor's office confirmed on Saturday that Polish authorities arrested an alleged Mossad spy from Israel wanted in connection with a Hamas agent slaying in Dubai.
"He was arrested in Warsaw and is suspected of being involved in illegally obtaining a (German) passport," a spokesman for the office said, confirming a report in the German news magazine, Der Spiegel.
"It's now up to the Poles to decide if they are going to hand him over to Germany," he added.
According to the Spiegel article published on Monday, the suspect using the name Uri Brodsky was arrested in early June upon arrival at Warsaw's airport on suspicions of working for Mossad in Germany helping to issue a fake German passport to the operation.
Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a founder of the military wing of the Islamist Hamas movement, was found dead in his room in a hotel near the Dubai airport on January 20.
British, Irish, French, Australian, and German passports were used by 26 people believed to be linked to the murder, according to Dubai police.
The issue caused a diplomatic row in which the five countries whose passports were used called in Israeli envoys for talks.
Author: Gabriel Borrud (AFP/AP/dpa)
Editor: Kyle James