Berlin denies role in freeing suspected Mossad agent


Berlin : The German government Monday claimed it had no role in the controversial release of a suspected Mossad operative wanted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for his alleged involvement in the killing of a senior Hamas official in Dubai.

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Talking to media representatives in Berlin, deputy foreign ministry spokesman Stefan Bredohl stressed it was a purely judicial decision to free Uri Brodsky who had been extradited from Poland to Germany over the weekend for his logistic role in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

He reiterated political considerations such as the strategic relationship between Germany and Israel did not play any role in the decision.

The UAE expressed concern that Brodsky was let out on bail and was able to return to Israel while his case was pending.

German judicial officials alleged Brodsky’s case was not strong enough to detain him further.
He was bailed for an undisclosed sum and was free to travel.

The murder of the Hamas official triggered worldwide condemnation, as several nations’ citizens including Germany, Ireland and France, had their identities stolen by the Mossad death squad which had travelled to Dubai the UAE to carry out the killing in a luxury hotel.

The Dubai’s Police chief on Feb 15 released a photo to show a man named Michael Bodenheimer of German nationality, who has been identified as Uri Brodsky, one of eleven suspects wanted in connection with the killing of a Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in his Dubai hotel room in January 2010.

A Polish appeals court on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010 has upheld a lower court’s decision to hand over to Germany the Mossad agent within 10 days. Brodsky was arrested in Warsaw in June on a European warrant charging him with espionage and helping to falsely obtain a German passport.