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Vol 57 No 13

Published 24th June 2016


The General's identity crisis

After a dramatic arrest in Khartoum there are doubts about whether British and Italian police have got the right man

The mystery surrounding the identity of the Eritrean 'people-smuggler' arrested in Khartoum and deported to Italy shows the difficulty of unravelling smuggling networks. Is the man due in court again on 4 July in Palermo what Italy's daily La Stampa called the 'superboss dei trafficanti' or an innocent refugee selected by Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS)? Or something else? Is he the smuggling boss Medhanie Yehdego Mered or, as he and friends and relatives claim, Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe, merely seeking asylum in Europe? The outcome could affect European Union policy.

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