Alleged Mossad agent appeals extradition ruling
Alleged Mossad agent Uri Brodsky has appealed a Polish court's ruling to extradite him to Germany, where he is suspected in helping attackers in the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai, the Polish Press Agency reported Monday.
An appeals court will review the case on August 5, dpa reported.
A Warsaw district court ruled on July 7 that Brodsky, an Israeli citizen, should be extradited to Germany. Brodsky is suspected of having helped to forge a German passport used by one of the attackers in the January assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.
Prosecutors said last month that they were not taking politics into consideration, but were acting in accordance with procedures.
Germany reportedly issued a European arrest warrant for Brodsky on suspicion of acting as an agent for a foreign intelligence service.
Israel has spoken out against the extradition, saying the suspect should be dealt with by the Israeli justice system.
Israel's request that Poland not extradite Brodsky has put Warsaw in the delicate position of choosing between two close allies, Germany and Israel, commentators said.
Germany applied for the suspect's extradition after he was arrested on June 4 in Warsaw's airport on an European arrest warrant.
Along with other Western nations, Germany was angry that its passports were used by members of a suspected Mossad hit team that is believed to have murdered al-Mabhouh, a co-founder of Hamas' military wing, in a Dubai hotel room on January 19.