Lawyer: Father Unaware Son Was to Be Taken to Spain in Case

May 20, 2015 2:47 PM

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A lawyer for an Ivory Coast man jailed for allegedly trying to have his 8-year-old son smuggled into Europe in a suitcase says the man knew nothing of the plan, believing the child would be brought to Spain by car with a legal visa.

Ali Ouattara was jailed May 7 when border guards in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa, scanned a case being carried by a Moroccan woman and found his son curled up inside. The images shocked many and seemed to highlight the harrowing plight of migrants trying to reach Europe.

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