The Criminal Chamber (2nd degree) in charge of terrorism cases at the annex of the Court of Appeal in Salé confirmed Wednesday night the death sentences passed in the first instance against the perpetrators of the murder of two Scandinavian tourists in the Imlil region, El-Haouz province.
The Court also decided to commute the death sentence to life imprisonment for one of the individuals prosecuted in this case.
The Criminal Chamber for Terrorism Affairs at the annex of the Court of Appeal in Salé had handed down sentences ranging from five years in prison to the death penalty against the defendants.
Abdessamad El Joud, Younes Ouziad and Rachid Afati were sentenced to death. The other 21 defendants received sentences ranging from 5 to 30 years in prison.
It should be recalled that the bodies of two foreign tourists, one of Norway and the other of Denmark, who showed signs of stabbing in the neck, were found in December 2018 in an unsupervised mountainous region, 10 km from the Imlil center, in the province of El Haouz, towards the summit of Mount Toubkal, was learned from the local authorities of the province of El Haouz.
The 24 defendants, including a national with dual Swiss and Spanish nationality, were prosecuted in particular for “forming a band to prepare and commit terrorist acts, harming the life of people with premeditation, possession of firearms and attempt explosive manufacturing in violation of the law as part of a collective project aimed at causing serious harm to public order”.