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Morocco...Three get death penalty for Scandinavian tourist murders

Morocco...Three get death penalty for Scandinavian tourist murders

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Moroccan prosecutors have charged three people convicted of involvement in  December 17th assassination of two Scandinavian tourists in a mountainous region of Morocco.

The court also sentenced the fourth defendant, who retracted before the crime was sentenced to life in prison, while the sentences of the rest of the defendants ranged from five to thirty years in prison.
The Norwegian victim's family did not ask for anything, while the Danish victim's family asked for one million dirhams from the state, but the court rejected the request.


The court sentenced 20 other defendants, aged between 20 and 51, to 5 to 30 years in prison on charges including "forming a terrorist cell", "praising terrorism" and "failing to report a crime".

Among them was a foreigner, a Spanish-Swiss convert to Islam, Kevin Zoller-Guerfos, 25, who lives in Morocco and was convicted of 20 years in prison.

In a hearing held at the end of June, the Moroccan prosecutor demanded the execution of the three accused of killing the two tourists late last year.



Twenty-four individuals were charged in the case, ranging from “forming a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts” to “deliberate assault on the lives of persons” and “praising terrorism”.

According to a Moroccan security source, the two victims, whose bodies were found in an isolated area of ​​the High Atlas Mountains, are intended for walking and hiking enthusiasts in the mountains.

The prosecutors charged the men, all of whom are Moroccan nationals, and are being tried under the anti-terrorism law for "committing a crime through atrocities", "forming an organization to carry out terrorist acts", incitement and praise of terrorism.

The defendants, who spent 12 days in police custody and are now on remand, could face the death penalty under Moroccan criminal law.

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