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INTRIGUES IN MOROCCO.

CRIMINALS '15? MOROCCO

DEMOBILISED

A few days after the signing,, of'the armistice the German' Embassy ml ■Madrid began a demobilisation of its' unofficial agents in' Morocco and the destruction, as far as possible, of all records of their crimes (writes the 1 'Times'' correspondent of Tangier recently). .At the Embassy itself'quantities of compromising documents were destroyed and large sums, of money paid out to ensure the silence of the local agents' who had acted as intermediaries with Morocco.

The principal aim of this demobilisation, is the dispersal of the German agents in Morocco before indiscretions take place. Hermann Bartels, who was the chief of Abdul 1 Malek's forces, receives a sum of about £8000 to liquidate such engagements as he was responsible for. He, however, is understood to be claiming a considerable additional sum as .damages for his own loss of biisiness and fortune. % Abdul Malek, who "has taken refuge in * the Spanish zon©, had succeeded in gathering a body of about 100 men, but he and his followers were attacked by tribesmen and robbed of all they possessed. He, too, is understood to be about to present a: large claim for damages to the German Government, under threat of revealing the s whole plot and. the history of his rebellidn. ; ; v

Other customers whom the Germans may nnd: difficult to deal with are German, deserters from the FrencTi Foreign Legion, who were led to desert and to take service against. France in Abdul Malek's force by very definitebut entirely unfulfilled promises. A sum lias already been earmarked to buy the silence of these disappointed and. difficult gentlemen. . The principal work of' this demobil-isation-has , been carried on from the German 'Embassy in Madrid by Major yon Kalle, the Military Attache, while details are being arranged; by'-the German Consulate-General of Barcelona. On, the departure of the German Ambassador and his suite from Madrid the Barcelona Consulate will be entrusted with the entire job. Very methodical steps are being taken. Accounts of all expenditure are being verified as far as possible, and already mutual recriminations are reported, amongst them. An interesting detaill of this demobilisation is that/it is the new German Government which is issuing the orders from Berlin for the dispersal of these criminal gangs and the destruction of .all compromising documents, with instructions to buy the silence of all who might" talk. This Tatter task is difficult, for, However loyal the Germane may be, the neutral agents do not feel themselves bound „by patriotic ties to a foreign and beaten country unless the material advantage they have obtained continues unchecked.

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INTRIGUES IN MOROCCO., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919

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INTRIGUES IN MOROCCO. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9592, 23 April 1919

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