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DNA tests can’t distinguish identical twins on rape charge

| | August 21, 2013

A pair of identical twins who cannot be told apart by their DNA have both appeared in court charged over the rape of a woman. Prosecutors charged both Mohammed and Aftab Asghar but said it may be “that only one of the defendants faces trial.”

The Asghar case is not the first time this has posed a problem for investigators.

In February, two identical 24-year-old twin brothers were held in Marseille, France, by police hunting a rapist as their genetic codes were so similar that normal DNA tests could not tell them apart.

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