Behre, who prosecutors accused of being alleged people-smuggling kingpin, shook hands with his interpreter as his three-year ordeal came to an end [Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters]

An Eritrean man, known as the “General” and accused of being a human trafficking kingpin, was telling the truth when he claimed it was a case of mistaken identity, an Italian court has ruled.

Carpenter Medhanie Tesfamariam Behre was arrested in Sudan in 2016 on suspicion of being at the heart of one of the world’s largest human trafficking networks. But after a 21-month trial, the court finally ruled on Friday that police had the wrong man.

Behre was accused of being Medhanie Yehdego Mered, who was in jail in the UAE in 2016. Three years after he was

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