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Poland court deliberates German extradition bid for Mossad operative

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, June 17, IRNA -- A Polish court on Thursday began deliberations on a German request to extradite an alleged Mossad operative linked to the murder of a senior Hamas official in Dubai, news reports said.

Polish prosecutors have petitioned a Warsaw court to extradite the Mossad agent to Germany where he is wanted for his logistic role in the Dubai assassination, a spokeswoman was quoted saying.

The court is slated to rule on the extradition within 60 to 90 days.

The suspect can be extradited within 10 days if he does not challenge the decision.

Israel has reportedly pressured the Polish government to prevent the extradition of the Mossad suspect.

Polish judicial officials have stressed that prosecutors were not taking politics into consideration, but were acting in accordance with procedures after Germany issued a European arrest warrant on the alleged Mossad agent.

Germany filed for the suspect's extradition after he was arrested June 4 at Warsaw airport.

The Hamburg-based news magazine Der Spiegel reported that the suspect's arrest was not for taking part in the Dubai murder but for aiding another agent to obtain a German passport fraudulently in the spring of 2009.

The charge for this would be spying on behalf of Mossad, the notorious Israeli intelligence service.

According to the paper, the Mossad agent applied for the passport in the name of Michael Bodenheimer at an residents' registration office in the city of Cologne, although he was not Bodenheimer.

The passport had been used by a member of the Mossad death squad to enter Dubai for the killing and quickly depart again, according to Spiegel.

Mossad killer squads have in the past used German passports for secret operations although some of them had been forged, according to press reports.

Germany and Israel have a very deep military and intelligence cooperation whose details remain highly secretive to the German public.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1183462



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