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Poles: We Got The Wrong Man

August 16, 1995

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ A man was seized mistakenly as an Italian mafia suspect because he used a passport he had previously reported missing, police said Wednesday.

The man was released immediately when his fingerprints did not match those of Pasquale Scotti, considered one of the top lieutenants of the dominant clan among Naples’ Camorra crime families.

Interpol believed Scotti was using the same name as the man taken into custody near the Czech border Tuesday.

The man arrested had failed to inform authorities he had found his passport, federal police spokesman Andrzej Przemyski said.

Italian news media reported Tuesday that Polish police had caught Scotti.

Przemyski refused to identify the man police detained.

Scotti has been missing since he escaped from a hospital in southern Italy while being treated for a wound suffered in a shootout with police.

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