Italy sets trial for suspected African human-smuggling boss

Friends of the accused insist it’s a case of mistaken identity. 

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) – A Sicilian judge on Wednesday ordered a trial for an Eritrean man accused of running a people smuggling network that sent thousands of migrants to Europe and many to their deaths during dangerous sea voyages to the continent.

Judge Alessia Geraci said Medhanie Tesfamariam Berhean would stand trial in Palermo, capital of Italy’s southern island of Sicily, on Nov. 16 on charges of abetting illegal immigration and engaging in human trafficking.

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