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Imlil murders: What the lawyers of the victims claim

The trial of Imlil’s drama is almost over. The verdict is soon expected and the lawyers will present their last arguments on Thursday.

The public minister has asked for the death penalty for the three main defendants of the bestial murder of the two young Scandinavian tourists. Another request required for a fourth sidekick: life imprisonment for being one of the protagonists of the video allegiance to the pseudo Islamic State. The other defendants face prison sentences ranging from 10 to 30 years.

This is the record of what happened in the Criminal Chamber of the Salé Court of Appeal, last June, against the twenty-four accused of perpetrating the double murder of the two Scandinavian tourists, Maren Ueland and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen.

“We will plead the extenuating circumstances given their precarious social conditions and their psychological imbalance,” Hafida Mekessaoui, the lawyer for the three accused said.

The three people threatened with the death penalty are Abdessamad El Joud, presented as “the emir” of the terrorist cell, and his two accomplices Rachid Afati and Younes Ouziad. Abderrahmane Khayali was sentenced to life imprisonment. Three other defendants face thirty years in prison, while a fourth faces twenty-five years of imprisonment.

As for Kevin Zohler, the Spanish-Swiss national, he could be sentenced to twenty years in prison and eight other defendants. The other defendants face prison sentences ranging from ten to fifteen years, the penalties imposed on them by the Criminal Division of the Salé Court of Appeal.

The lawyer for Louisa’s parents, Khalid Elfataoui, said that she had received a “shocking” letter from the victim’s family, which he will read to the Tribunal on Thursday. He will seek compensation of 10 million dirhams for Louisa’s family.

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