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Israeli diplomat expelled from Ireland over Dubai assassination plot

Ireland now joins Britain and Australia in expelling Israeli diplomats over their government's connections to the Dubai assassination plot that killed a Hamas leader in January.

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Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Michael Martin said their investigation found no additional evidence from that of the UK and Australia, but ”the fact that fake Irish documentation was used by members of the same team that carried fraudulent British and Australian passports, led to the 'inescapable conclusion' that an Israeli government agency was responsible for the 'misuse and, most likely, the manufacture” of the forged Irish passports," reports the Irish Times.

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The names had been changed, but otherwise the passports were genuine, adds the Belfast Telegraph.

Mr. Martin insisted the expelled diplomat, who remains unnamed, had not been found guilty of any wrongdoing. Rather they are the “victim of the actions of the state they represent.”

The Irish Times adds that the official is a security officer stationed at the Israeli embassy.

Germany appears to be taking action of its own. It has filed a European arrest warrant for Uri Brodsky, an Israeli citizen currently in detention in Poland. According to Der Spiegel magazine, Brodsky was arrested in early June at a Warsaw airport for using a forged passport. The passport was also used in the January assassination operation.

Germany believes the man is a suspect in the alleged assassination, and has requested his extradition, reports Deutsche Welle, an English-language news service based in Germany.

"We're now waiting for the initial detention order to arrive from Germany in the coming days, after which we'll submit all of the documents to court, where a decision will be made over his extradition," a Polish prosecution spokeswoman told Radio Poland, according to Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper.

Haaretz adds that, according to Israeli Embassy sources in Warsaw, the chances of Brodsky being extradited are high.

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