This story begins in 1998, when a French couple, two Canadians (of Finnish origin), and myself were arrested. One of them was found to be in possession of a small black bag containing something the police and a judge were to deem 'illegal in Morocco'--Bibles. The penalties totaled nearly half a million dollars, plus imprisonment--a pronouncement that contributed to his death.' Graham and two Canadians sailed into Morocco's Marina Smir. Everything went smoothly, and they were prepared for a pleasant five-day stay. On their second day, they and a French couple were arrested without explanation. They were taken to a center where they were interrogated without a lawyer or interpreter present, despite Graham's persistent requests. They soon found themselves attending a trial for charges they didn't understand. The claim? That they had failed to pay duty on some Bibles. But their sentencing was strangely harsh for such A Minor Indiscretion. This true, thrilling story chronicles Graham's relentless pursuit for answers and justice. As he fights to prove their innocence and regain freedom, readers will find themselves on an emotional roller coaster with surprising twists and a thread of unending faith.
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Graham Hutt worked as an electronics engineer in the Royal Navy; it was then that offshore sailing became his hobby and he gained RYA qualifications. He left the RN and started his own electronics company: this was successful enough to enable him to buy his own yacht to sail with his family around the Mediterranean. He learned Arabic and returned to academic life. Interest in Arabic culture led to many trips to North Africa. Knowledge gained there helped him to re-write a nautical pilot book covering the coastline of North Africa. It was this work that took him sailing many times to Morocco; his interest in writing, navigation and sailing continues from his base in Italy.
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