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Imlil Murders: Judge agrees to summon El Othmani

Yesterday was held the second trial of the accused in the case of the murder of two Scandinavian tourists in the Imlil region. And the Criminal Chamber in charge of terrorist affairs near the annex of the Court of Appeal in Salé made a decision for the least unexpected.

Indeed, the defense of the civil party representing the family of the young Danish victim, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, in this case, made a request in which she asks that the responsibility of the Moroccan State is engaged and that it is considered as a party in this case.

It considers that “the Moroccan State has a responsibility in this crime, since it is responsible for the protection of the persons who are on its territory, as stipulated by international law”.

The civil party also requested the convening of the head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, as a representative of the State. An application that has been accepted by the judge.

Recall that the Criminal Chamber in charge of terrorism cases near the annex of the Court of Appeal in Salé has postponed, this Thursday, to May 30 the examination of the case of the murder of the two Scandinavian tourists in the region of Imlil (El Haouz province) in which 24 individuals are prosecuted. The defendants, who were all present at the hearing, are prosecuted in particular for “forming a band to prepare and commit terrorist acts, harming the life of people with premeditation, possession of firearms and attempted to manufacture explosives in violation of the law as part of a collective project aimed at causing serious harm to public order”.

As part of the investigations carried out after the discovery of the dead bodies of two foreign tourists in the region of Imlil, the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) reporting to the General Directorate of National Territorial Surveillance, had announced the arrest of the accused, in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and National Security. The audience was attended by many national and foreign media.

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