UAE `concerned` at German release of Israeli murder suspect

The UAE is concerned over Germany`s release of an alleged Israeli agent suspected of links to the January killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Last Updated: Aug 14, 2010, 22:16 PM IST

Dubai: The United Arab Emirates is
concerned over Germany`s release of an alleged Israeli agent
suspected of links to the January killing of a Hamas leader in
Dubai, the foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Abdurahim al-Awadhi, assistant to the foreign minister
for legal affairs, expressed "concern that (Uri) Brodsky has
been released on bail and granted the freedom to return to
Israel while the case against him continues," in a statement
carried by the official WAM news agency.

A German court on Friday released on bail the alleged
Israeli agent suspected of links to the killing of Mahmud
al-Mabhuh, a leader of the military wing of the Palestinian
Islamist movement Hamas.

The Gulf country`s foreign ministry "sought
clarification today (Saturday) from the German government on
the Brodsky case," according to the statement.

Awadhi said that his country "seeks assurances that
Brodsky is in no way connected to the murder of Mahmud
al-Mabhuh."

"As this may relate to a serious crime committed in
Dubai, the UAE expects full and close cooperation from the
German authorities and will continue to pursue the matter
through diplomatic channels," the foreign ministry said.

Polish authorities arrested Brodsky in June at
Warsaw airport before extraditing him to Germany on Thursday
on suspicion of illegally obtaining a German passport under
the name Michael Bodenheimer that was later found to have
been used by a member of the hit squad which killed Mabhuh.

The squad which Dubai police believe was from
Israel`s spy agency Mossad was found to have used 26 doctored
foreign passports, sparking a diplomatic rumpus not only with
Germany but also with Australia, Britain, France and
Ireland.

PTI