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People-smuggling kingpin or wrong man?

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>> Is this a case of mistaken identity? An Eritrean man arrested in Sudan for human trafficking, then whisked to Rome. Italian and British officials insist he's Medhane Mered, a ruthless kingpin known as The General. but his friends say he's penniless refugee Midani Tisfarium Beret, a one-time carpenter. Thousands of refugees have died on sinking boats in the Mediterranean.
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This so called General fought a head of vast operation, trafficking migrants from Libya to Italy. Intelligence tapped his phone as he arranged money transfers. Each boat-load of 600 people earning up to $1 million. Italian magistrates are using voice recognition software to determine the man's identity. But the British, who took the lead role in hunting him down, remain quote confident in their intelligence.
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If convicted he could face 30 years in prison on murder charges. But if authorities have the wrong man, it will be a major blow for the battle against traffickers who've shipped more than 360,000 migrants to Italy across the Mediterranean since 2014