A 27-year-old man suffocated to death inside a suitcase as his brother attempted to smuggle him to Spain in the trunk of a car.
Police said on Monday, August 3, 2015 that the older brother of the deceased appears to have tried to smuggle him into Spain by ferry.
According to AFP, the older man, aged 34, legally boarded the ferry linking Melilla, a tiny Spanish territory in north Africa, and Almeria in southern Spain with a car on Sunday, a police spokesman said.
He alerted the attention of the ferry’s staff after he realised that his brother’s pulse had ceased during the crossing.
Crew members as well as emergency services workers in the port of Almeria tried in vain to resuscitate the man.
The deceased man’s elder brother had been charged with involuntary manslaughter after his arrest.
Thousands of migrants risk their lives trying to enter Ceuta and Melilla, which have the European Union’s only land borders with Africa, to try to enter Europe.
Many migrants try to scramble over the seven-metre (23-foot) fences that separate the Spanish cities from Morocco while others try to swim or sail from shores on the Moroccan side.
It was learnt from the country’s authorities that four migrants died on Sunday, August 2, 2015 after trying to swim around a maritime fence separating Ceuta from Morocco.