Spain grants temporary residence to boy found in suitcase

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Posted: May 21, 2015 10:27 AM

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government has granted a temporary residence permit to an 8-year-old Ivory Coast boy that a woman tried to smuggle into Spain in a suitcase.

Adou Ouattara was discovered when police scanned the suitcase May 7 in Ceuta, a Spanish city enclave in North Africa. The Interior Ministry's office in the city said Thursday the boy's residence permit is for a year.

The boy's father, who lives legally with the mother in Spain, was arrested on charges of human rights abuse for trying to have the boy smuggled into the country.

His lawyer says he knew nothing of the plan, believing his son was to be brought in by car with a visa he paid for.

The Moroccan woman who carried the suitcase was also detained.