Three jihadists sentenced to death for killing Scandinavian hikers in Morocco

Published By ITCT News Desk On : July 18, 2019
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Tributes to the memory of Jespersen and Ueland are seen in Copenhagen in December.

Three Islamic State supporters have been sentenced to death over the murder of two young Scandinavian women in Morocco, the lawyer for one of the victim’s family confirmed Thursday.

Abdelsamad al-Joud, Younes Ouziad and Rashid Afati were convicted of murdering Norweigan national Maren Ueland, 28, and Danish national Louisa Jespersen, 24. A fourth man, Abderrahmane Khayali, was sentenced to life in prison at the anti-terrorist court in Salé, near Morocco’s capital Rabat.
The tourists’ bodies were found beheaded in a remote area of Morocco’s High Atlas mountain range in December. Both women had been spotted with three men in their hotel in Marrakesh before heading to the mountains to hike.

The bodies of Maren Ueland, 28 (left) and Louisa Jespersen, 24, (right) were discovered in Morocco’s High Atlas mountain range last December.

Rachid Afatti (L) and Younes Ouaziyad (C) killed the two women while Abdessamad Ejjoud videoed the murder

The verdicts for ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud, Younes Ouaziyad and Rachid Afatti follow petitions on social media calling for their execution.

If the executions go ahead, they will be the first in Morocco since 1993.


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