European borders down south struggle with the tide of illegal immigrants but a pretty woman struggling under the weight of a suitcase laden with her alleged lover made European border patrols think twice.
Time was when Cleopatra was brought to Julius Caesar concealed in a carpet. Instead of relying on a carpet, 23-year-old Cindy Q of Belgium tried to smuggle her 26-year-old Kurdish lover Ismail Kilic into Italy. She stuffed Kilic into a suitcase and boarded the ferry from Greece to the southern Italian port of Brindisi.
However, the customs officials at Brindisi seeing the way she struggled with the suitcase insisted she open it. And out comes out Kilic stuffed inside. “There is almost certainly a love story going on between the two,” sighed Alberto D’Alessandro, deputy chief of the Brindisi customs office.
Kilic was deported on the next ferry back to Greece and Cindy Q went to jail for breaking the law. “Love laughs at locksmiths,” the saying goes but not in the case of these customs and immigration officials with a different proposition altogether.
“Who can give a law to lovers? Love is a greater law unto itself,” Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius may have queried in his De Consolatione Philosophiae. Interestingly Boethius had composed his classic in a prison cell at Ticinum (Pavia) after being charged with treason by Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths, in whose service he had risen to become magister officiorum (master of the palace) in 522 AD.
European border laws negate entry to ones and twos while ships with hundreds get a welcome. (644)