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A court on terrorism in the city of Salé, Rabat, on Thursday (July 18, 2019) sentenced three people convicted of murdering two Scandinavian tourists late last year on behalf of the "Islamic State" organization known as Daqash. The three confessed to killing the two victims, filming the crime and spreading the horrific recording of social networking sites.

Rahim Khayali, 33, who was accompanying them during the hunt for the victims, was sentenced to life imprisonment but retreated before the operation was carried out.

While the family of the Norwegian victim did not ask for anything, the family of the Danish victim asked for one million dirhams (90,000 euros) from the state but the court rejected the request. The court ruled that the four involved in the case, which shook Moroccan public opinion, should pay compensation of 2 million dirhams (about 180,000 euros) to the victims of the Danish victim.

The court also sentenced 20 other defendants aged between 20 and 15 to 30 to 5 years in prison on charges of "forming a terrorist cell", "praising terrorism" and "not reporting a crime."

Among them is one foreigner, a Swiss-Swiss who converted to Islam and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The defense of the two main defendants sought to offer the three killers a "psychological examination", without dropping their responsibility for the crime, and commutation of the punishment of those who accompanied them to retreat before implementation. With reference to their "low" educational level, but the court rejected this request.

Investigators say this "terrorist cell" inspired the operation from a "daunting" ideology but did not communicate with the cadres of the terrorist organization in the territories it controlled in Iraq and Syria. The three and their four companions appeared in a recording announcing the allegation of the leader of "Da'ash" Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but the organization did not declare responsibility for the crime.

It is noteworthy that the Moroccan judiciary issued death sentences, although the application has been suspended in practice since 1993, and calls for human rights to abolish the penalty.


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