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Polish Court Orders Extradition of Alleged Israeli Agent to Germany

A Polish court has ordered the extradition of a suspected Israeli secret agent to Germany to face charges of forging a German passport used in the January assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai.

Poland detained the Israeli suspect, Uri Brodsky, at Warsaw's airport last month on an international arrest warrant issued by Germany. He is accused of forging a German passport used by a hit squad that Dubai says killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh at a hotel on January 20.

The Polish court ruled Wednesday that Brodsky can be sent to Germany to face forgery charges. It was not immediately clear whether his lawyers will appeal the decision.

Dubai accuses Israel's Mossad spy agency of sending al-Mabhouh's alleged assassins to the emirate using fake passports and stolen identities of Australian, British, French, German and Irish nationals. Israel neither confirms nor denies involvement in the killing.

The governments of Australia, Britain and Ireland have expelled Israeli diplomats in recent months in response to what they say is evidence of Israeli involvement in the forgery of the passports.

Hamas says Mabhouh was a founding member of its military wing and the mastermind of 1989 kidnappings of two Israeli soldiers who were later killed.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.