Magazine has three-hour conversation with Medhanie Yehdego Mered, ‘most wanted’ people smuggler, who heard of his own arrest while already in prison

One of the world’s most-wanted people smugglers was in jail in the United Arab Emirates when Italian prosecutors travelled to Sudan and arrested an innocent refugee in his place, the New Yorker has reported.

Prosecutors in Palermo announced the capture and extradition of Medhanie Yehdego Mered in June 2016, describing it as “the arrest of the year”. The suspect was extradited to Italy with the help of the British Foreign Office and the UK’s National Crime Agency, which had participated in the operation.

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