Morbid migration: Two arrested trying to smuggle Iraqi man across English Channel in a coffin
Customs inspectors at the Channel tunnel between France and England were startled to find an Iraqi migrant hiding among a load of coffins two Polish truck drivers were delivering to England. The pair now face 14 months in prison.
First declaring that the coffins in their cargo were empty, the drivers then acted surprised when customs officials broke open one of the locked caskets and found a full-grown man lying inside, prosecutor Pascal Marconville told AFP.
Despite claiming they had no idea a man was playing dead in one of their coffins, the court noted that it "wasn't accessible from the outside without destroying a lock," meaning the two must have been in on the rather ghoulish caper.
"This person could not have climbed in along the way without being helped by the drivers," Marconville noted.
Charges of “assisting the stay of foreigners in an irregular situation, by transport (…) in unworthy conditions” could net the two drivers up to 14 months in prison, wRead More – Source