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(WSJ) A Migrant Smuggling Kingpin Is on Trial—What If He’s the Wrong Man?

Posted by: Biniam Tekle

Date: Saturday, 01 July 2017


A Migrant Smuggling Kingpin Is on Trial—What If He’s the Wrong Man?

The African man held in Sicily is actually a poor migrant from Eritrea, say a host of people—including, it appears, the target himself

For several years, as Europe’s migration crisis grew, investigators pursued one of the world’s most wanted people smugglers, a fugitive known as “the general” for the efficiency of his network.

Police from five nations tracked Medhanie Yedhego Mered as he crisscrossed the Sahara ferrying compatriots from Eritrea, his home country on the Horn of Africa, to Europe. In May of last year they finally zeroed in on him, drinking an...



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