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Imlil murders: The court closes the hearing of the defendants

The Criminal Chamber for Terrorism Affairs at the annex of the Court of Appeal in Salé closed Thursday the hearing of the defendants in the case of the murder of two Scandinavian tourists in the region of Imlil.

Faced with the allegations against them in accordance with the minutes of the judicial police and the investigating judge, the six defendants interviewed denied the charges against them during the preliminary investigation and before the judge of the instruction. During this hearing, the Court presented the charges against the six defendants, among the 24 individuals prosecuted in this case, namely the “planning of terrorist acts within the Kingdom targeting tourists, the elements of the Gendarmerie and Security and some tourist sites, non-denunciation of crime, apology for terrorism and murder of two Scandinavian tourists”.

Lawyer Hafida Mekssaoui said that the hearing was conducted “under very normal conditions” after the hearing of 18 defendants in previous sessions, welcoming the fact that the translation could have been done for the accused with dual Swiss and Spanish nationality. At the end of this hearing, which was attended by representatives of national and foreign media, the Court decided to resume consideration of the trial next Thursday.

The defendants are charged with “establishing a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts, harming the life of persons with premeditation, possessing firearms and attempting to manufacture explosives in violation of the law, in the context of part of a collective project designed to seriously undermine public order”.

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