Dubai will not seek the extradition of a suspected Mossad agent arrested in Poland earlier this month in connection to the Dubai assassination of a Hamas strongman, Dubai's police chief said Sunday.
The Israeli citizen arrested in Poland, using the name Uri Brodsky, is suspected of working for Mossad in Germany and helping to issue a fake German passport to a member of the Mossad operation that allegedly killed Hamas agent Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January, a spokesman for the German federal prosecutor's office told The Associated Press.
Brodsky was arrested in early June upon his arrival in Poland because of a European arrest warrant issued by Germany which is now seeking his extradition, the spokesman said, declining to be named in line with department policy.
Dahi Khalfan Tamim told the U.A.E. website the National that they would not seek Brodsky's extradition since "this person has committed the crime in Germany and therefore it is only normal that he will be prosecuted there."
"For us, what is important that he will receive his punishment irrespective of which country," Tamim said.
The Dubai police chief added that the "fact that German investigators could develop their own investigations is a clear indication of the strength of the information provided by us and that the pictures and other data collected are accurate," adding that the co-operation of the different Interpol members is leading the development of investigations."
"We will continue to co-operate with the different concerned authorities in the case,” Tamim told the National.
On Saturday, a spokesman told reporters that he could not estimate how long it could take for Brodsky to be extradited from Poland to Germany, saying the matter is now in the hands of the Polish authorities. "If Brodsky agrees, the extradition could take a few days, but that isn't likely," the spokesman said.
In Warsaw, Monika Lewandowska, a spokeswoman for Polish prosecutors, confirmed that the suspect, identified only as Uri B., was arrested at the city's international airport on June 4. She told the AP that the arrest warrant was made in connection with the murder of a Hamas member in Dubai.
"The suspect appeared before a Polish court on June 6, and was ordered to remain in temporary arrest for up to 40 days," she said. Lewandowska had no information on his possible extradition.
In Israel, the Foreign Ministry said without elaborating that it was aware of the man's fate. "At the moment, we're looking into that like any other Israeli who has been arrested, and he's getting consular treatment," spokesman Andy David said
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