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British spies who busted ‘world’s most wanted people smuggler’ may have gotten wrong man

British spies who busted ‘world’s most wanted people smuggler’ may have gotten wrong man

An Eritrean man accused by British authorities of being one of the world’s “most wanted people smugglers” may actually be a victim of mistaken identity, Italian prosecutors have admitted.

In an embarrassing blow to a high-profile investigation led by Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and GCHQ, it appears the real Medhanie Yehdego Mered remains at large and an innocent man was seized in June and extradited to Italy in his place.

When doubts about the identity of the man in custody were raised in June, the NCA said it stood by its intelligence. However, papers lodged yesterday by prosecutors in Rome who have broken ranks with their Sicilian colleagues concede they may have the wrong man, according to the Times.

Source: British spies who busted ‘world’s most wanted people smuggler’ may have gotten wrong man

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