Voice analysis 'shows Italy has wrong man in people-smuggling case'

Forensic voice experts have presented evidence to a Palermo court showing a man Italian prosecutors have claimed for 18 months to be one of the world’s most wanted people-smugglers is a victim of mistaken identity.

The voice of the Eritrean people-smuggling kingpin Medhanie Yehdego Mered, recorded in 2014, does not match that of the suspect arrested in Sudan last year and extradited to Sicily with the aid of Britain’s National Crime Agency, the experts said.

Prosecutors in Sicily announced the capture of Mered, 35, in Khartoum in June 2016, hailing it as “the arrest of the year”, while the NCA described the detained man as “one of the world’s most wanted people-smugglers”.

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Source: The Guardian

Russian general ID’d in actions before shootdown of Malaysian passenger jet

On Sept. 28, 2016, the Joint Investigation Team released recordings of two apparent Russian officers, one clearly a commander, and sought public help in identifying them.

McClatchy’s partners recorded several recent phone calls with Tkachev asking him about his recent ceremonial appointment and later confirming biographical details.

Those recordings were compared with the recordings of intercepted calls of the unidentified purported Russian commander that the Joint Investigative Team posted on YouTube.

On those YouTube recordings, there’s one man to whom the others on the intercept are clearly deferential, as if under his command.

The reporting team gave the original audio recordings and those obtained in recent calls with Tkachev to the University of Colorado’s National Center for Media Forensics for analysis. The Center’s director, Catalin Grigoras, specializes in forensic authentication of recorded media.

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Source: McClatchy DC Bureau

Cops Identifying Criminals through Voice Recognition

The national and international groups that address crime on a global scale say their new strategy to identify active criminals through nothing more than hearing their voice has passed its latest test, explains a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

While the idea may be scary to privacy advocates, the police forces of the world say they need a way to quickly identify a criminal suspect.

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Source: Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin

Source: Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin