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Desperate Moroccan Father Caught Smuggling 8-Year-Old Daughter Into Spain Inside A Suitcase.

Moroccan father caught smuggling his 8-year-old daughter in suitcase

A desperate Moroccan father, Ayham Kanaan, has been arrested by Spanish custom officers after he was allegedly found hiding his 8-year-old daughter, Haniya Kanaan, in a suitcase.

Customs officials found eight-year-old Haniya Kanaan curled up inside a small suitcase after her father Ayham, 38, entered Spain on a legal work permit through the Andalusian port of Tarifa.

Although Kanaan faces a fine for trying to smuggle his daughter into the country in the hope of giving her a better life,but  a judge has ruled that she can live with her father for as long as he works in Spain, adding that she will also be allowed to enrol at a local school.

Customs officers were shocked to find the little girl hidden in a suitcase after searching the car driven by Ayham Kanaan on his return back to Spain following a visit to family in his native Morocco.

Haniya was found curled up in a ball inside a purple suitcase on the back seat of the vehicle.

After being discovered the eight-year-old was immediately taken to hospital, where doctors said she was lucky to be alive following the dangerous stunt.

They said she could easily have been left with serious brain damage while shut in the suitcase, and had apparently already started showing signs that she did not have enough oxygen.

Had there been longer delays at the border crossing, it is possible she may even have died.

Kanaan was arrested while still at the port in the town of Tarifa, which is on the coast of southern Spain and has regular ferry services to and from North Africa.

A Spanish police spokesman said: ‘The father is a single dad who had a work permit for Spain, but he didn’t want to leave his child behind and didn’t know how to get his daughter into the country, so decided to smuggle her in.

‘In the end however after a speedy process an emergency judge decided that actually the girl was entitled to join her father, and the pair were allowed to continue on their way,’ he added.

‘This time of course with the girl legally allowed into the country,’ the spokesman went on to say.

Haniya will now be allowed to enrol in the Spanish school system where she can stay for as long as her father works in the country.

Kanaan has reportedly been told he faces a fine for trying to smuggle his daughter into Spain illegally, but that there are unlikely to be any other consequences of his actions.

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Concern: After being discovered the eight-year-old was immediately taken to hospital, where doctors said she was lucky to be alive following the dangerous stunt

Lucky: Doctors said Haniya could easily have been left with serious brain damage while shut in the suitcase, and had apparently already started showing signs that she did not have enough oxygen

Relief: Although Ayham Kanaan faces a fine for trying to smuggle Haniya into Spain in the hope of giving her a better life, a judge has ruled that she can live with her father for as long as he works in the country

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