Imlil trial : The three main suspects sentenced to death

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway. / Ph. DR
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The three main suspects accused of brutally murdering two Scandinavian tourists near Imlil were sentenced to death, Thursday, by the Salé’s appeal court.

The remaining 21 suspects involved in the murder, that took place in December 2018, received sentences ranging from five years in prison to life imprisonment.

According to Arabic-speaking newspaper Le360, the three main suspects who were sentenced to death are Abdessamad Joud, Younes Ouzyech and Rachid El Affati. The two men admitted in a previous hearing that they beheaded Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway while the third one said that he filmed the act.

The other sentences pronounced, Thursday, ranged from 5 to 30 years in prison. The Swiss-Spanish national Kevin Zoller was sentenced to 20 years in prison while three other suspects received a 30-year sentence, including Noureddine Belabed, Abdelkébir Khmayej and Hicham Nazih.

Earlier in July, the Moroccan prosecutor in the Sale Appeal court sought death sentence for the three main suspects. He demanded life imprisonment for the fourth suspect, who said that he was not with the three men on the day of the attack. He also demanded sentences ranging from 10 to 30 years in prison 20 other suspects tried in the case.

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