UK agencies played key role in Italian mistaken identity case

Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe wrongly arrested based on tipoffs from NCA and GCHQ

The acquittal of Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe by an Italian court of being a human trafficking kingpin is a major embarrassment for Britain’s National Crime Agency and the GCHQ intelligence service.

Berhe’s arrest in 2016 was trumpeted as a major coup in the battle against international people-smuggling, but unbeknown to them at the time, the Italian and British authorities had mistaken the Eritrean for one of the world’s most-wanted human traffickers, Medhanie Yehdego Mered, aka the General.

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Source: The Guardian
UK agencies played key role in Italian mistaken identity case