Moroccan prosecutors today charged with the death penalty for 15 detainees for involvement in the assassination of two Scandinavian tourists in a mountainous region of Morocco on December 17.
“The detainees, who are part of a total of 22 detainees in this case, are accused of deliberately violating the lives of people,” the prosecutor-general of the Rabat appeals court, Hassan Daki, said in a statement.
The prosecution accused these people, all of them Moroccan nationals, and were prosecuted under the Anti-Terrorism Act, of “committing a crime through barbaric acts”, “forming an organization to carry out terrorist acts” and inciting and praising terrorism.
The defendants, who spent 12 days in police custody and were transferred to pre-trial detention, may face the death penalty under Moroccan criminal law.
The 15 defendants were present today before an examining magistrate at the Sale Court of Appeal near Rabat, which specializes in terrorism cases for further investigation.
The perpetrators of the terrorist attack, which took place at the middle of this month against the two tourists, published a videotape in which they declared their loyalty to the organization of the “Islamic State”.
Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit confirmed to parliament on Monday that the terrorist attack on the tourists was a “single act” carried out by “individual wolves”.