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Italy Blocks DNA Evidence that Could Exonerate Human Trafficking Suspect

“We are basing our legal proceedings on other data, not on DNA.” – Prosecutors

A case of mistaken identity put the wrong man in jail. Italian investigators prosecuting the case has blocked admission of the new DNA test as evidence. (Illustration by Oliver Munday)

BY SALEM SOLOMON | VOA NEWS

Italian prosecutors will not accept as evidence a DNA test that could exonerate an Eritrean man accused of smuggling thousands of Africans to Italy.

It’s the latest setback for Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhe, whose trial has continued for more than a year, despite mounting evidence that Italian authorities are prosecuting the wrong person.

Berhe’s lawyer, Michele Calantropo, argued during a 45-minute hearing Wednesday that his client is the victim of mistaken identity in a case that has gained worldwide attention. Continue reading Italy Blocks DNA Evidence that Could Exonerate Human Trafficking Suspect