Germany has issued a new arrest warrant for an Israeli national suspected of involvement in the assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, according to a report published in Der Spiegel. The man, who has been identified as Uri Brodsky, was released on bail in Germany in August 2010.
Brodsky allegedly helped obtain a German passport used by one of the assassins, a man identified as Michael Bodenheimer, to enter Dubai prior to the assassination there a year ago. Dubai authorities claim at least 27 Mossad operatives were involved in the hit.
According to foreign media reports, in 2009 "Brodsky" helped "Bodenheimer" to obtain a German passport through a Cologne law firm. The passport application indicated that Bodenheimer was entitled to a German passport because his parents were victims of Nazi persecution. In his dealings with the law firm, and when he entered Germany, Brodsky reportedly used the name Alexander Verin.
Brodsky was arrested on June 4, 2010 at Warsaw's international airport, on the basis of a German arrest warrant. Six weeks later he was extradited to Germany. After less than 24 hours in jail there, he was released on bail of 100,000 euro.
According to Der Spiegel, the count of passport forgery was removed from Brodsky's charge sheet in exchange for a 60,000 euro fine.
The charges against Brodsky in the new arrest warrant were not specified in the report in the German weekly.
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