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(R.it) The case of the alleged trafficker of men. "The DNA exonerates him"

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Thursday, 10 May 2018

The case of the alleged trafficker of men. "The DNA exonerates him"

The case of the alleged trafficker of men.  "The DNA exonerates him"

Medhanie Tesfamariam Behre's lawyer flew to Sweden with a geneticist who took samples of saliva from his wife and the son of the "general". The child is not the biological son of the man in prison

of ROMINA MARCECA  May 10, 2018 
He is not his son. Genetics gives reason to that boy who for two years has been beating his chest inside a Palermo prison swearing that he is not "the general", the Eritrean trafficker Medhanie Yehdego Mered who on the skin of hundreds of thousands of migrants would have earned a fortune. The DNA of the two-and-a-half-year-old son, son of Lydia Tesfu Hannes and Medhanie Yehdego Mered, is not compatible with that of the young man who was imprisoned in May 2016. "It is not him - says lawyer Michele Calantropo, who at the Court of Assizes of Palermo defends that boy - and besides it could not be any different because my client, as we say from the first day, is called Medhanie Tesfamariam Behre and is not a trafficker ". The boy, a carpenter, was arrested by the Italian and English police in Sudan and immediately the photoprovided by the investigators had raised more than one doubt. Now this result could call into question everything. The Court of Assizes of Palermo, in front of which the trial is celebrated, has given assent to the withdrawal of the DNA. Today the lawyer of Behre has deposited the advice on which the Court will then have to express itself. 

Medhanie Yehdego Mered, the 35-year-old "general", according to the laboratory result, would still be free . And The Guardian and Swedish television Svt in a documentary published a few weeks ago gathered testimonies from those who saw the real trafficker in Uganda calling himself Amanuel Habte. For the Prosecutorof Palermo, however, that young man in prison is undoubtedly "the general" and the name he declares is only one of his aliases. Yet there are several people ready to testify that the Eritrean in the cell is not the trafficker at all.

Lydia Tesfu has been living in Sweden since 2015 and has given birth there. She also left her saliva on a tampon. And from the lab results that woman turns out to be the mother of a two and a half year old child. The woman had told several European newspapers that the man in jail was not her husband. "In the Prosecutor's investigation Lydia Tesfu was referred to as Medhanie Yehdego Mered's wife. Reading the papers filed by the magistrates I decided to contact her. At the Swedish registry, that child was declared as the son of Mered. And so - explains the lawyer of Behre - I asked the mother several times in these two years to give consent to the withdrawal of a sample of saliva. Michele Calantropo flew to Sweden immediately after Easter with a consultant, the geneticist Gregorio Seidita. Tesfu has consented to the withdrawal of DNA from the child. Testifying in favor of Behre, in these two years, has arrivedmother of the man in prison. She also underwent DNA comparison (a 99.9 percent compatible result). The Public Prosecutor's Office of Palermo, in October, opposed the production of the part consulting on the woman's DNA, Meaza Zerai Weldai, at the
Court of Assizes. The thesis supported by the prosecutors (Annamaria Picozzi and Geri Ferrara) is that the survey carried out in recent months is not based on genetic data, but on "data of another nature". That is, interception and telephone traffic, links with other subjects and the voice recognition of the man arrested in Sudan.


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