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Israeli tied to Hamas slaying free on bail

BERLIN, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A suspected Israeli spy allegedly tied to the assassination of a Hamas leader posted bail Friday and is free to leave Germany, a spokesman said.

Israel said in June it would use any means necessary to prevent suspected Mossad agent Uri Brodsky from being extradited to Germany.

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German prosecutors said Brodsky was arrested in Poland earlier this year in connection with using a fake German passport. He is believed to be the first Israeli spy allegedly tied to the slaying of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel in January.

Mabhouh, a Palestinian national who founded the militant wing of Hamas, was discovered dead in a Dubai hotel in January.

Brodsky was extradited to Germany after a Polish court denied his attempt to block his transfer to German authorities. A spokesman for the Polish court said Brodsky's extradition was in no way a presumption of guilt, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.

Rainer Wolf, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Cologne, was quoted by The New York Times as saying Brodsky posted bail and can go home.

"He can return to Israel if he wants to," the spokesman said Friday.

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The Polish court said it did not consider espionage carried out by a foreign agent in a third country a violation of Polish law. Therefore, Haaretz added, Brodsky could only be charged with forgery of official documents.

Berlin officials said the Israeli spy agency Mossad obtained a German passport linked by Interpol to the Dubai assassination by fabricating a story of Nazi persecution.

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