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Post by tigger on 13.08.15 13:36

7th June 
Kate and Gerry fly back to PDL early evening, then drive to Lagos to attend concert in aid of Madeleine. 

8th Jun 07
Gerry's blog:  "Sean, in particular has acquired a taste for sea-bass"

9th June DATE:  9/6/2007 (from Pamalan)
DATE GERRY USED 
Day 37 - 11/06/2007
Kate and I had a slightly busier day on the media front than expected. We did a short press interview for the Irish Sunday papers, mainly to thank the Irish for their fantastic level of support. [..]
After this we headed down to Sagres which is the very most southwestern tip of Portugal. There is a very nice beach and we had lunch with the family. [..]
After returning from the beach we did the Irish version of Crimewatch-‘Crimecall’. [..] we want the Irish public to come forward with photographs of people who they do not know who were in and around Praia da Luz in the 2 weeks leading up to the 3rd May.

The Sagres trip does seem rather strange and - considering that some of the family apparently flew in for this junket - rather short. Surely it would make more sense to make it a full day with the twins (there is no mention of them in the blog) and have a day out with all the family. I
t looks more like a few hours with the family although it is possible that if the twins came Sean could have been treated to fresh sea-bass, his liking for this food having already been announced to the world the previous day.

Why in particular are Irish people asked to send their photographs. I particularly love the phrase ‘photographs of people who they do not know’   and why is Gerry two days out? The 11th would make it day 39. 

This Sagres trip isn’t mentioned at all in the book for some reason. Or in the diary?Check!!!!!!
There is no previous mention of Sagres in the blog yet Gerry talks about  ‘heading down to Sagres’ as if he knows it. 
The blog religiously mentions the ‘family day’ which is always a Saturday  - the only day in the week the creche is closed. 

10th June (Sunday)
Mobile phone call is tracked between Gerry and O'Brien on this day. Tracking shows the two were possibly 28km apart at the time of the call.

The McCanns attend mass in the morning in PdL.

Late afternoon they drive to Lisbon airport to fly  to Rabat.
Clarence Mitchell travels with them on the flight.



From ‘madeleine’ - chapter 12: 

We were lucky we managed to get on a plane to Rabat at all. I use the word ‘lucky’ loosely. The jet had broken down and a pre-war propeller plane was drafted to help out. It was too small to carry all the passengers and had to make a return trip to get everyone to Morocco. Flying was hard enough for me now as it was, and this was scary. The plane, a bare metal tube, was basic. It had about twenty seats and no separate cockpit, no overhead lockers or storage racks, no in-flight service [..] I was terrified we were going to die on our way to Rabat and leave all of our children orphaned.
Miss Biddy Brett-Rooks, the consul general for Casablanca, was there to meet us when we landed. She looked and sounded exactly as I’d imagined from her name: very sweet and very English. We went first to a hotel where we had arranged to meet
an ITN crew from the UK. They wanted to show us an interview they’d recorded with a Norwegian lady called Mari Olli. [..]  On 9 May, she’d seen a little girl who looked like Madeleine at a petrol station on the outskirts of Marrakesh. [..]
From what we could infer, this lead simply hadn’t been adequately followed up. Indeed, a month later, Mari still hadn’t been formally interviewed. It was intolerable. 
unquote

The  McCanns spent the night at the British Ambassador’s residence: 
‘It was pretty late by the time we arrived at the ambassador's residence, where we would be spending the night.

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Post by tigger on 13.08.15 13:38

This sighting  was on the 9th of May, reported  in Spain on the 10th. Meanwhile quite a few other sightings were being followed up - some by Leicester Police for some reason. see below ....)

It must have been quite a change from the private jet which had already whisked them to  Rome, Madrid, Berlin and Amsterdam.  
Interesting information is that obviously  more than 18 and less than or exactly 38 people expected to travel with the McCanns as the plane had to return to pick up the rest of the group. 

Apparently the Consul-general has her H.Q. in Casablanca and not in Rabat. 

‘Leave all our children orphaned’  seems a curious choice of  words. 

11th June:
The McCanns met several ‘important and powerful figures’  The Chief of Police and two government Ministers among them according to Chapter 12:

In the morning, at a meeting with the consular staff, we heard from a British Metropolitan Police attaché, a counter-terrorism liaison and cooperation officer, that Morocco was a police state with excellent networks and intelligence-gathering systems. If Madeleine was here, she was sure to be found. It was something we’d be told several times during our visit.

We talked to the president of the Ligue Marocaine pour la Protection de l’Enfance, the Moroccan equivalent of the NSPCC, and visited Touche Pas à Mon Enfant. [..] 
That day several senior and powerful figures spent time with us, including the minister of the interior, Mr Benmoussa, and the director general of the police, Charki Draiss. The police attaché had told us earlier that for these meetings to take place, permission must have been granted by the King himself. Both Mr Benmoussa and Mr Draiss reiterated the message of the day: ‘We will help you. If Madeleine’s here, we will find her.’
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Lucky timing to launch a new computer system or just a button?

En route to our visit to the Observatoire Nationale des Droits de l’Enfant, a Palace-sponsored child-welfare watchdog, [...] From the Observatoire Nationale des Droits de l’Enfant, we learned that the heart of each Moroccan community is not the town hall or police station but the health centre. Accordingly, a new computer network system linking all the health centres in Morocco [..] ready to be launched from their headquarters. 
A special webpage about Madeleine had also been created to coincide with our visit to Rabat. Gerry and I were completely blown away to be invited to press the ‘go live’ button, activating not only Morocco’s new network but with it the ‘Madeleine page’, thereby alerting all the health centres across the country to her disappearance and our need to find her.

The western press published photographs of hundreds of children holding up Maddie posters (do remember that box of posters Gerry schlepped through customs). The book devotes a paragraph to the event.
Royalty has been mentioned twice, senior and important people have ‘spent time with them’. But it doesn’t look as if the great and good of Morocco were falling over themselves to host the McCanns. These sideways allusions to royalty and important people do not add up to the image which is projected in the press. In fact the meeting on the last morning seems to have been arranged by the translator and was facilitated by the fact that it was her father-in-law. 


Paolo Reis (Portuguese journalist)
At the press conference held in Rabat at the Hilton Hotel, the English couple was accompanied by a very ‘British’ gentleman who is presented to us as a British diplomat from the Foreign Office. John Kayne accompanies the English couple on his journey for two weeks. [..]
The British diplomat told us a few minutes before the press conference: ‘Maddie’s parents are ordinary people [..] they are not accustomed to the press’. [..]
The morning of June 11, the English couple had a meeting with the members ‘Matkich waldi’.  (do not touch my son). The parents had previously met with the Executive Director of the National Observatory for Children’s rights (ONDE), Said Raji. 
unquote 

Presumably the press conference - not mentioned at all in the book - was later in the day. This time not only Clarence Mitchell, but a translator provided by the British Embassy shared the platform - respectively a question and  language filter possibly preventing unwanted questions.

June 12th

On our final morning, the lady who’d been interpreting for us arranged for us to meet the minister of Islamic affairs, who happened to be her father-in-law. I was keen to talk to an Islamic religious leader to seek the support and prayers of the Muslim community. 
The minister was an academic, senior cleric and an adviser to the King, and he seemed kind, genuine and receptive.[..] I asked if he would urge the Muslim people here to pray for her, too, and for all missing children. He promised us that he would, adding that he was certain we would be reunited with our daughter.

The  lady pictured with the McCanns and Clarence Mitchell at the press conference was probably Myriam Alami Toufiq - she's on the British Embassy's list of lawyers and translators.


Therefore the  minister may have been Ahmed Toufiq, appointed as minister for Islamic affairs in November 2002)

The McCanns arrive back in Praia de Luz in the afternoon. At night they go to church for prayers. 


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Re: MOROCCO ... Revisited

Post by tigger on 13.08.15 13:42

Madeleine parents 'to take stock' BBC News: 
Last Updated: Sunday, 10 June 2007, 05:12 GMT 06:12 UK
 
The parents of missing Madeleine McCann say they will spend the coming week reviewing the campaign to find her and allowing themselves time to grieve.
 
The couple have travelled across Europe in an effort to find Madeleine, four, who went missing in Portugal on 3 May.
 
But on their return to the Algarve on Tuesday from Morocco, Gerry and Kate McCann of Rothley, Leicestershire, say they will have a period of reflection. [..] When they return to Portugal, Mrs McCann said it would be time to withdraw from the media attention.
unquote


http://www.mccannfiles.com/id206.html:
11th June:
The McCanns also did a couple of interviews for ITV and Sky focussing on a change in the phase of the campaign. They confirmed that there would be a period of reflection before they decided on the best role for themselves.

http://mccannfundfraud.info/2008/12/the-car-hired-5-weeks-after-madeleines-disappearance/
 John McCann speaking on radio: ‘  - but some of the, some of the stuff that’s being speculated on just isn’t plausible. Like information appearing about samples in a car which Gerry and Kate only got 5 weeks after Madeleine disappeared.  Are you trying to tell me that Madeleine was hidden for 5 weeks and then was suddenly reappeared in this hire car.’ unquote
 Why did John mention “5 weeks” when he was talking in September 2007 – months after Madeleine had disappeared?
The facts are that the car had been hired on May 27 – 24 days after Madeleine was reported missing. 24 days is a significantly shorter time than 5 weeks.
So, what could be significant about something happening 5 weeks after Madeleine’s demise?
5 weeks after Madeleine disappeared was the weekend commencing Friday June 8, 2007. When we look closely at that weekend, there are several interesting things to note:
The McCann family flew in to the Algarve or were already there for that weekend. Susan and Brian Healy – Kate’s parents – were there. Trish and Sandy Cameron – Gerry’s sister and his brother in-law were there. Philomena flew in to Lisbon and Kate’s long time friend Anne-Marie Wright and her husband Michael had flown in to Faro.
Michael told the police that he and his wife flew in with the specific job of looking after Sean and Amelie while Kate and Gerry went to Morocco on Sunday June 10. Given the large number of close family relatives in town, Michael’s statement to the police is flawed.
On Saturday June 9, 2007, the entire family is supposed to have spent a day at the southwestern tip of Portugal – a town called Sagres.
On the Sunday afternoon, Kate, Gerry and Clarence Mitchell all went up to Lisbon to catch a small private plane laid on especially for them to go to Casablanca in Morocco. Their ultimate destination was Rabat, where a press conference with Sky’s Martin Brunt was held.
North Africa in June is a very hot place to be. Why then was Martin Brunt wearing a white suit, children were wearing t-shirts, but they chose to wear the worst attire possible – black suits more befitting a funeral?
It is even more remarkable that this BBC news item was apparently written before they left for Morocco. 

Madeleine parents 'to take stock' BBC News: 
Last Updated: Sunday, 10 June 2007, 05:12 GMT 06:12 UK
 
The parents of missing Madeleine McCann say they will spend the coming week reviewing the campaign to find her and allowing themselves time to grieve.

The couple have travelled across Europe in an effort to find Madeleine, four, who went missing in Portugal on 3 May.
 
But on their return to the Algarve on Tuesday from Morocco, Gerry and Kate McCann of Rothley, Leicestershire, say they will have a period of reflection. [..] When they return to Portugal, Mrs McCann said it would be time to withdraw from the media attention.    unquote

http://www.mccannfiles.com/id206.html:
11th June:
The McCanns also did a couple of interviews for ITV and Sky focussing on a change in the phase of the campaign. They confirmed that there would be a period of reflection before they decided on the best role for themselves.

A number of questions arise from the above clips: 
Why have they given this information even before they left for Morocco? 
What ‘role’ are they looking for?  Gerry eventually returned to Glenfield Hospital but that’s hardly a ‘role’.
Most of all: the time to grieve - I feel this was a crucial period when a lot of things changed. End of European Tour which from the distance of 8 years looks like a damp squib. 
Plus this little item from ‘madeleine’:
Chapter 11:
At the beginning of June, Gerry had a call from the director of communications at the Foreign Office. [..]
Whatever the case, it was suggested to Gerry that we should use Madeleine’s Fund to employ someone to replace Clarence
once our campaign visits were complete. Reluctantly, Gerry agreed. We honestly hadn’t bargained for having to pay a salary
for media liaison out of the fund, which we’d envisaged being used primarily to meet costs related directly to the search for
Madeleine.


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Refs: http://jillhavern.forumotion.net/t10148-m-is-for-morocco?highlight=morocco

http://mccannfundfraud.info/2008/12/the-car-hired-5-weeks-after-madeleines-disappearance/
http://www.mccannfiles.com/id206.html:


(I have put these three posts up  separately - they are largely distilled from posts here. What I find most interesting is the full text of the last quote which I've just put in the Fund and family topic. It seems the Government wasn't that happy - that early!

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Post by Verdi on 13.08.15 22:18

It appears to me that the Moroccan trip was a radical departure from the European leg of the campaign tour insofar as the team McCann focus was more inclined towards robustly highlighting their notoriety rather than soft peddling through Europe with vapid tales of woe and papal blessings.  If Kate McCann is going to make such wild claims about meeting with VIPs in Morocco, she should have done some homework first as clearly she hasn't a clue about diplomatic protocol in such a predominently Islamic Kingdom.

There is absolutely no evidence to support her claims but her word and that of the UK media which at the time was being fed by the likes of their appointed spindoctor.  Even their appearance at the press conference in Rabat shows no indication of top level support by the Moroccan government.  Handing out a box load of leaflets to a bunch of local kids showing the iconic Madeleine image, does not equate to national support on any level.  As I believe I've said before, the British Embassy is in Rabat where there is also a regional consulate, to imply preferential treatment by a diplomat travelling from Casablanca to Rabat purely to meet them at the airport (where was she in the press photographs taken at the airport?) is nothing short of ludicrous!  You can bet your bottom dollar if there was any proof of KM's boasts it would have been splashed across the UK media for an eternity. 

As for her words.. "I was keen to talk to an Islamic religious leader to seek the support and prayers of the Muslim community" - what can you say.  Faith is not a secondary consideration in the life of a devout Muslim,  it encompasses their entire raison d'etre from the time of birth to the time of death.  Prayer to a Muslim is without exception a ritual entirely dedicated to Allah, not a coffee shop morning to exchange knitting patterns.  I know Kate's idea of faith is a trip down to Saint Katherine's Basilica when she's feeling a bit needy but if she's going to try and impress with stories of faux notoriety she needs to get her facts straight.

I do believe sea bass (and big shrimps if you wish to add to the pong) can be fished in that region of the Atlantic!

Moroccan authorities deny Madeleine search - 5th November 2007 (12.01 am)
 
But the Moroccan Interior Minister Chakib Benmoussa said on Sunday that there was "no evidence suggesting such a presence in Morocco".

"We have cooperated for a long time with Portuguese and British police through Interpol and we have not had any new development on this case up until now"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1568378/Moroccan-authorities-deny-Madeleine-search.html


In other words - on yer bicyclette!

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Post by tigger on 14.08.15 10:51

From 'madeleine' 

In view of your post above: the whole edifice started to crumble very early on it seems, I only came across this a few days ago when trawling the book for 'correct' information. 

Yes! I think where all those posters Gerry carried through customs went, special edition with Arabic added and handed out to school children, much in the way  another member said on the M is for Morocco topic that little Union Jacks were handed out to schoolchildren for a royal visit. 


Chapter 11:
At the beginning of June, Gerry had a call from the director of communications at the Foreign Office. There was concern in the
government, he said, that Clarence was ‘becoming the story’. I am not quite sure what he meant by this. Clarence was
certainly a visible presence and perhaps his open, affable style prevented him from being quite as anonymous as the Foreign
Office would have liked. Perhaps it had drawn attention to the fact that they were still providing us with a media spokesperson and questions were being asked. It had been a month since Madeleine’s disappearance, so maybe they were simply trying gently to prompt us into appointing somebody of our own to help us.
Whatever the case, it was suggested to Gerry that we should use Madeleine’s Fund to employ someone to replace Clarence once our campaign visits were complete. Reluctantly, Gerry agreed. We honestly hadn’t bargained for having to pay a salary
for media liaison out of the fund, which we’d envisaged being used primarily to meet costs related directly to the search for Madeleine. It hadn’t occurred to us that we’d still be needing this kind of help a month down the line. With no way of knowing how long this would continue, we had no idea how long the money would last.



I love this bit from the book so much, I'm thinking of framing it.  Swans gliding  serenely over the water...paddling like mad.  spin

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Post by Verdi on 14.08.15 23:02

@tigger wrote:From 'madeleine' 

In view of your post above: the whole edifice started to crumble very early on it seems, I only came across this a few days ago when trawling the book for 'correct' information. 

Yes! I think where all those posters Gerry carried through customs went, special edition with Arabic added and handed out to school children, much in the way  another member said on the M is for Morocco topic that little Union Jacks were handed out to schoolchildren for a royal visit. 


Chapter 11:
At the beginning of June, Gerry had a call from the director of communications at the Foreign Office. There was concern in the
government, he said, that Clarence was ‘becoming the story’. I am not quite sure what he meant by this. Clarence was
certainly a visible presence and perhaps his open, affable style prevented him from being quite as anonymous as the Foreign
Office would have liked. Perhaps it had drawn attention to the fact that they were still providing us with a media spokesperson and questions were being asked. It had been a month since Madeleine’s disappearance, so maybe they were simply trying gently to prompt us into appointing somebody of our own to help us.
Whatever the case, it was suggested to Gerry that we should use Madeleine’s Fund to employ someone to replace Clarence once our campaign visits were complete. Reluctantly, Gerry agreed. We honestly hadn’t bargained for having to pay a salary
for media liaison out of the fund, which we’d envisaged being used primarily to meet costs related directly to the search for Madeleine. It hadn’t occurred to us that we’d still be needing this kind of help a month down the line. With no way of knowing how long this would continue, we had no idea how long the money would last.



I love this bit from the book so much, I'm thinking of framing it.  Swans gliding  serenely over the water...paddling like mad.  spin
I've often wondered if, rather than resigning from his position with the UK government, Clarence Mitchell was asked to clear his desk by the end of the day.  No doubt it suits Kate McCann's agenda to think of him as open and affable but in truth I think he was a little too close for comfort.  He far exceeded the remit of a spindoctor seconded by the government, whether that was for love of the McCanns or love of himself is a matter of conjecture.

Had a look around and about chapter 11 of KM's book where she mentions her desperate need to contact JK Rowling - was that to slip a Madeleine poster in the dust cover of every book or to plead with her to ghost write 'madeleine'?  One thing I'm sure of, it's not written by Kate -even her imagination doesn't stretch that far, at that's saying something!

Chapter 11 - Surely Madeleine would be back by then. I was panic-stricken at the idea that she might not; that my friend could imagine she might not. I simply couldn't think this way. I needed Madeleine home tomorrow. But here I was, several weeks later, writing my letter to J. K. Rowling. How on earth had I survived this long?

What an extraordinary thing to say.  Meanwhile, the flight to Morocco still niggles but I can't find anything to verify her claims.  When you consider how they were given the VIP treatment on all their other jaunts her version of the Moroccan trip just doesn't ring true.  More on that later..

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Post by Verdi on 17.08.15 15:44

Perhaps a rather stupid thing to think but I wonder why they didn't include the UK in the European/North African campaign itinerary?  Ostensibly they didn't have a clue where Madeleine might be, although abudcted most likely by a paedophile gang.  Were there any sightings in the UK - I can't recall?  Seems odd that it didn't occur to them or any of their campaigners that Madeleine may have been whisked off to the UK.  Paedophilia is a global atrocity, it's not confined to specific European countries or lawless arab nations as the McCanns campaign focus would suggest.  Not that there was any obvious reason for the tour, it didn't help the investigation to locate Madeleine nor did it serve any purpose as an awareness exercise - the child's disappearance was already global news and totally thwarted by the many differing images of Madeleine, mostly looking like different children.

Perhaps this should be included in the Renault Scenic (hired help) thread?

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Post by tigger on 17.08.15 15:57

There must be a reason why they focussed on Morocco - after that little performance it's surprising that Hagland, Kennedy and co had another go, complee with gold sovereigns. Metodo3 is on record as stating that it was the parents' strategy. Perhaps the McCs visit would have gone better it they'd sprinkled a few sovreigns around....

Clarence did leave- ostensibly - and was replaced by Justine McGuinness - Gerry must have press-ganged her on  during his eventful visit to the UK. (losing his wallet, saving a life  etc. )

By around the 23rd of June they had a plan of sorts it seems. The relationship with Justine McG wasn't as cosy as the one with Clarrie.  No love lost between them it seems, by September.


Re the wonky plane, I wonder where they flew from to go to Rome, Madrid, Berlin and Amsterdam, was that from Lagos?  Because it's a 3 hour drive to Lisbon and it was a private jet.
If that is so, the wonky prop plane was booked in the first place. Perhaps Clarence and the private jet were a package for the 'European Tour' . After that the FO wanted their toys back and then it looks like Morocco was entirely the McCanns' baby..

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Post by Verdi on 17.08.15 22:30

I think this short video gives a rough indication of the level of interest shown by the Moroccan authorities and media during the McCanns press conference in Rabat.  It's actually quite amusing to witness Gerry clearly rattled by the interpreter (note: French not Arabic) repeatedly interrupting him when in full flow and Kate's repeated looks of utter exasperation..



Phut!

No wonder she tried to big it up with tales of high profile meetings.  Who paid the ferryman?

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@tigger wrote:There must be a reason why they focussed on Morocco - after that little performance it's surprising that Hagland, Kennedy and co had another go, complee with gold sovereigns. Metodo3 is on record as stating that it was the parents' strategy. Perhaps the McCs visit would have gone better it they'd sprinkled a few sovreigns around....

Clarence did leave- ostensibly - and was replaced by Justine McGuinness - Gerry must have press-ganged her on  during his eventful visit to the UK. (losing his wallet, saving a life  etc. )

By around the 23rd of June they had a plan of sorts it seems. The relationship with Justine McG wasn't as cosy as the one with Clarrie.  No love lost between them it seems, by September.


Re the wonky plane, I wonder where they flew from to go to Rome, Madrid, Berlin and Amsterdam, was that from Lagos?  Because it's a 3 hour drive to Lisbon and it was a private jet.
If that is so, the wonky prop plane was booked in the first place. Perhaps Clarence and the private jet were a package for the 'European Tour' . After that the FO wanted their toys back and then it looks like Morocco was entirely the McCanns' baby..
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Post by Verdi on 17.08.15 23:03

@tigger wrote:There must be a reason why they focussed on Morocco - after that little performance it's surprising that Hagland, Kennedy and co had another go, complee with gold sovereigns. Metodo3 is on record as stating that it was the parents' strategy. Perhaps the McCs visit would have gone better it they'd sprinkled a few sovreigns around....

Clarence did leave- ostensibly - and was replaced by Justine McGuinness - Gerry must have press-ganged her on  during his eventful visit to the UK. (losing his wallet, saving a life  etc. )

By around the 23rd of June they had a plan of sorts it seems. The relationship with Justine McG wasn't as cosy as the one with Clarrie.  No love lost between them it seems, by September.


Re the wonky plane, I wonder where they flew from to go to Rome, Madrid, Berlin and Amsterdam, was that from Lagos?  Because it's a 3 hour drive to Lisbon and it was a private jet.
If that is so, the wonky prop plane was booked in the first place. Perhaps Clarence and the private jet were a package for the 'European Tour' . After that the FO wanted their toys back and then it looks like Morocco was entirely the McCanns' baby..
The more I look at this the more shady it becomes,  I'm convinced that Madeleine's disappearance nor this little insignificant trip was never reported in the Moroccan press.  I've spent more than usual time looking through media reports which all report much the same detail - from the AP.

To cut to the chase, they flew to Casablanca and then travelled north to Rabat.  They met with the UK ambassador to Morocco, the chief of police, visited a few child welfare institutions and did the press conference - end of!

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Post by Verdi on 19.08.15 12:17

Special Crimewatch reconstruction of the trip to Morocco..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r-qw8YYyrM

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