10/03/2017 Reporting Scotland


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Now on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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They thought their son was dead - killed in a bombing raid in Syria.

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But a refugee family now living in Midlothian have been reunited

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with their eldest child who was trapped, alone

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Mohamed Karou's father said it was the end of a five year

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nightmare and praised those who helped rescue his son.

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Cameron Buttle has been to meet them.

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It is hard to believe the horrors that this young boy has seen.

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Today, playing in a park, a stick and a log are

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He never strays too far from his father, enjoying being part

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of the family he had not seen for five years.

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It is a miracle to have him with me here.

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They lost Mohamed during a bombing raid.

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They searched for him but were told he was dead.

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Years later, after the rest of the family had fled Syria,

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a relative got a message out to say their son was alive.

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TRANSLATION: It has been a long time.

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He really felt desperate until he would come

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His father twice smuggled himself back into Syria

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Now relocated in Scotland, the family pleaded for help,

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and against all the odds, a rescue mission was mounted

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and Mohamed arrived in Scotland a few weeks ago.

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TRANSLATION: The operation went a very secret way and no

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information was revealed to us, just for his protection.

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The lack of information made me sometimes worried,

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sometimes concerned, but I always knew that it was going

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The family's plight hit the headlines when it was raised

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in Westminster by their local MP last year.

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In the background, a support team from Midlothian Council lived every

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On the phone to the Home Office everyday in my office.

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The team was there to make sure the family was supported and no

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stone left unturned to make sure Mohammed could get here.

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Beyond that, there are those we do not know, people on the ground

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We will never know who they are and we can't thank them

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We will probably never know how he was brought here to Midlothian

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Syria is still incredibly dangerous and the agencies involved will not

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talk about it because it might jeopardise future operations.

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TRANSLATION: He has been denied from his childhood life so I hope

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this new life will bring him back some childhood memories.

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The funeral has taken place of the Celtic great

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Hundreds of fans turned out to pay their last respects

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as the funeral procession set off from Celtic Park this morning.

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Fellow Lisbon Lions were amongst the pallbearers.

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Among the thousands gathered outside Celtic Park,

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Others have only seen it on TV, Tommy Gemmill in 1967 scoring

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in Celtic's European cup final victory, the first by a British

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I am a Celtic fan through and through.

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He was a fabulous player and look at the pride he brought a Glasgow.

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When the time came to say farewell, the reaction was spontaneous,

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the funeral cortege making the journey to the crematorium

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where family, friends, former team-mates and rivals gathered.

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Green blazered against the sombre backdrop, his fellow Lisbon Lions.

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There have been many fine fullbacks who have worn the hoops

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with distinction but undoubtedly the name of Tommy Gemmill

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will be right up there with the best of them,

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A tall, athletic full-back in his prime, a close friend

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described his attitude as illness took its toll.

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One of his favourite sayings was, why should

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I didn't think there was anything left for Tommy Gemmill to do

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I was in awe of his courage, strength and character.

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In two months, on the 50th anniversary, the Lisbon Lions

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Missing will be a cherished team-mate, a life today

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This would have been right up his street.

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A pilot has been jailed for 10 months for boarding a flight

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from Scotland to the United States while under the

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45 year old Carlos Roberto Licona from Texas, was due

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to serve as First Officer on a United Airlines flight

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He was jailed after pleading guilty to the charge

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The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has claimed his party

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now represents "majority opinion" on Scotland's future.

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At the party's annual conference in Perth,

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Mr Rennie said the LibDems were the only ones now giving full

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support to Scotland's place in both the UK and the European Union.

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From Perth, here's our political editor Brian Taylor.

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Sharing this venue with the curlers, the Liberal Democrats reckon

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they are entitled to make a bit of noise, too.

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Liberal Democrats speak for the majority of people in Scotland.

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We are pro-United Kingdom, but we also wanted to stay

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62% of Scots want that, so we represent the majority

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of public opinion, and our ambition is to get that high

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He talks of healing divisions, but the party's only Scottish MP

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reckons nationalism is well out of kilter.

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Alex Salmond will tell you that all he wants is for decisions

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about Scotland to be made by people living in Scotland.

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How is that different from Nigel Farage wanting to take

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Or even Donald Trump wanting to do deals, great deals,

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Nick Clegg formally led the Lib Dems and is now

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He told me of plans for a further EU referendum on the Brexit terms.

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If the British people were to say, we don't want to jump off the cliff

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and would rather stay on terra firma, clearly, it would then

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be for us as a nation to decide whether we actually

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after all want to stay in the European Union.

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You can see that as a prospect, that Brexit does not happen?

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Only if the British people change their mind.

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To be clear, a second referendum is roundly rejected

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Nick Clegg argued that liberalism was still alive

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Party leaders believe they can remedy that in Scotland

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by supporting two unions, the UK and the EU.

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Well, It's over to Christopher now with the weather outlook

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Fairly cloudy and damp tonight with a band of rain moving in of the

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Atlantic. This is the chart, the rain edging in across the mainland,

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further south and east any wet weather is light and patchy but

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fairly cloudy. Tomorrow morning, Saturday gets off to a cloudy start

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but should improve because the Rome is clearing away towards the North

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Sea. Behind it, a legacy of drizzle holding on. Brightening up across

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the far north-west and for parts of Northern Ireland, the North of

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England, Wales and the south-west, cloudy and in the south and East

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some sunshine, 16 to 18 Celsius. Nothing quite that high here but

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nine or 11 Celsius covers it in the south, quite murky at times, the

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central belt cloudy, clouding up for Edinburgh. Best of the sunshine in

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the north, like wind, 13, 14 Celsius. Perhaps stilts Shari

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Shetland. The rest of the afternoon, evening and overnight, mist and murk

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on the hills and wet weather edging in across the south. Another weather

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front on the Atlantic so Sunday starts cloudy, damp and drizzly. The

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rain edges in eastwards through the day and then brightening up so by

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the afternoon some sunshine coming in across western Scotland, further

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east a few showers but both days it is the afternoon that will fare best

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in terms of anything dry and bright. From everyone on the late

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team - goodnight. Let's Sing And Dance exploded onto

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our screens,

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