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Morocco gives killers of female tourists death sentences

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

A Moroccan court has sentenced three suspected jihadists to death for their roles in the death of two Scandinavian women.

The two women were beheaded while on a hiking trip in Morocco.

Suspected ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud and two others received the death penalty over the killing.

Last month the ringleader of the killing admitted to the crime.

Ejjoud told a Moroccan court that he killed the tourists and beheaded one of them.

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The bodies of Danish student Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Norway were found in December 2018.

They were flatmates at Norway’s Bo University and were on a Christmas camping trip, studying to become tour guides.

The two had set their tent at an isolated mountain site distances away from the tourist village of Imlil.

High Atlas mountains
The victims’ bodies were found in an isolated area in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains. Photo: AFP

Officials in Morocco last year said the killing of the two Scandinavian tourists could be linked to activities of terrorists.

The militant, Abdessamad Ejjoud, who is a 25-year-old street vendor, in June told the court that “I beheaded one of them… I regret it.”

Morocco suspects
Rachid Afatti (L), Younes Ouaziyad (C), and Abdessamad Ejjoud are the suspected killers. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of Moroccan youth have reportedly joined militant groups in the Middle East.

The country has been spared to a large extent from terrorist attacks in recent times.

Morocco is considered one of the safest places for tourists.




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