Father of suitcase boy handed fine, escapes jail

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An Ivorian man whose eight-year-old son was smuggled into Spain from Morocco in a suitcase has escaped a jail term.

Prosecutors had wanted Ali Ouattara to go to prison for facilitating his son’s illegal entry into Spain.

However this was changed to a small fine when they conceded they had found no evidence the father knew his son would be trafficked in a suitcase.

The boy now lives with his mother in a Parisian suburb, but travelled to Ceuta to testify.

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