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Monday 22 January 2018

Border guards find boy in suitcase

A boy curled up inside a suitcase is seen on the displays of a scanner at the border crossing in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa (AP Photo/Spanish Interior Ministry, via AP)
A boy curled up inside a suitcase is seen on the displays of a scanner at the border crossing in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa (AP Photo/Spanish Interior Ministry, via AP)

A Spanish court has ordered the detention of a man from Ivory Coast who allegedly hid his eight-year-old son inside a closed suitcase in an attempt to smuggle him into Europe.

A police statement said guards stopped a 19-year-old Moroccan woman who looked nervous as she waited in line at the land border crossing in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa.

When the guards put her suitcase through a scanner, they detected the boy curled up inside.

Border officers detained the woman and later the boy's father at the same border crossing. The woman is married to the child's father.

A Ceuta magistrate ordered the father held on charges of human rights abuse.

Press Association

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