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Imlil Murders: Opening of the trial of about twenty accused

The alleged killers of two young Scandinavian tourists, beheaded mid-December in the Atlas Mountains on behalf of the Islamic State group (IS), are judged from Thursday in Salé, along with a score of other suspects. Those who are directly involved in crime are theoretically at risk of the death penalty.

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, a 24-year-old Danish student, and her friend Maren Ueland, a 28-year-old Norwegian, were killed, slaughtered and beheaded in the night of 16-17 December at an isolated site in the High Atlas Mountains where they were planted their tent.

A total of 24 defendants will appear before the Criminal Division of the Salé Court of Appeal, for “apologizing for terrorism”, “attacking the lives of people with premeditation”, or “terrorist band constitution” after the assassination that took place moved Morocco, Norway and Denmark.

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