@jimmy_jonesx3 comments on murders of louisa
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, of Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, of Norway, were killed in their tents near the Moroccan village of Imlil, a popular hiking destination, in December.
In a previous session, the anti-terrorism court in Sal, near Rabat, heard that the men had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a video in the days before the murders.
Two of them, Abdessamad Ejjoud and Youness Ouziyad, testified in court that they beheaded the women, while a third, Rashid al-Afati, testified that he filmed the killing and posted it online.
A fourth man, who claimed he left the group before the killings, was sentenced to life in prison.
The men said, “May Allah forgive us,” and one of them added, “There is no god; there is only Allah,” as the judge asked them to make a final statement before passing sentence.
Hafida El Maksaoui, her lawyer, stated that she would appeal the verdict.
Twenty other people were sentenced to between five and 30 years in prison for forming a criminal association with the intent of committing terrorist acts, promoting terrorism, disrupting public order, and committing other sentenced crimes, according to prosecutors.
Except for one Swiss, Kevin Ziller Guervos, who was also accused of convincing people to join militant groups and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, all were Moroccans.
The court ordered the four main offenders to give Ueland’s family Dh2 million ($209,000) in compensation.
Lawyers for Jesperson’s family urged the state to intervene rather than commit murder because these people couldn’t afford it. The court, however, denied the request, and no further payment orders were issued.