A 27-year-old Moroccan man has suffocated to death while trying to illegally enter Spain hidden inside a suitcase in the trunk of a car, police have said. The man’s older brother, who appears to have tried to help smuggle him into the southern Spanish city of Almeria by ferry, has been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.
The older man, aged 34, boarded the ferry linking Melilla, a Spanish territory in North Africa, and Almeria with a car on Sunday, a police spokesman said. During the crossing he noticed that his brother was not breathing and alerted the ferry’s staff.
Crew members as well as emergency services workers in the port of Almeria tried in vain to resuscitate the man. In May police discovered an eight-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast curled up inside a suitcase – without air vents – that was being carried across a pedestrian crossing from Morocco into Ceuta, Spain’s other north African territory.
A security scanner picture of the boy curled up in the suitcase served as a shocking reminder of the lengths migrants take to try to seek a better life in Europe.