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More than half a year after the brutal killing of two Scandinavian tourists in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains, the Criminal Chamber of the Court of Appeal in the neighboring city of Salé in charge of terrorism On Thursday evening (July 18, 2019), executed the three defendants, Abdel Samad al-Joud, Yunis Ozaid and Rashid Afati, the main perpetrators of the crime known as the "Shamharush crime".

Danish tourists Luisa Westerger-Spersen, 24, and Norwegian Marin Oland, 28, were killed while on holiday for a month in Morocco. Their bodies were found near a tourist area in Salfiyoun, in the area of ​​Imlil near Marrakesh, where the two tourists were hiding.

The execution of three of the main suspects in the murder of two Scandinavian tourists in Morocco has sparked mixed reactions in social networking sites. Some considered the verdict a deterrent to the perpetrators of the crime and terrorists in general, especially as the crime was terrible very.

"The death penalty should not remain a dead letter," said Khaled el-Fatawi, a member of the defense team for the victims, in a statement to the local Moroccan newspaper Hesper. "It is up to the will of the Moroccan state "He said.

Screenshot Facebook | Reaktionen auf Todesstrafe für Mord von zwei skandinavischen Touristinnen in Marokko (facebook / Fatima El Hassani)

But the debate was followed by more controversy over social networking sites. Some of the pioneers of sites opposed Blue Facebook court decision to execute the three defendants.

Screenshot Facebook | Reaktionen auf Todesstrafe für Mord von zwei skandinavischen Touristinnen in Marokko (facebook / Younes Masskine)

The imposition of punishment does not mean its implementation

Morocco has stopped executing the government of execution since 1993 in accordance with international law which called for the abolition of this serious penalty. In several resolutions, the Human Rights Committee called on States to gradually reduce the number of crimes punishable by death, .

Screenshot Facebook | Reaktionen auf Todesstrafe für Mord von zwei skandinavischen Touristinnen in Marokko (facebook / Saad Sahli)

International human rights organizations have repeatedly urged Morocco and other North African countries to abolish the death penalty:

The Criminal Code provides for the death penalty for many crimes in more than 36 criminal cases, with the number of people sentenced to death from more than 197 in 1993 to 120, according to the death penalty sheet prepared by the Moroccan Ministry of Justice. The death sentence shall be executed only by an order of the Minister of Justice, and may not be carried out unless the amnesty request has been rejected by the convicted person.

One of the reactors, Abdul Karim Awakrim, saw it "Even if the 'death penalty' is applied as some want, the current situation will not change with regard to the ugliness of the crimes committed, because the criminal's psychology can not be changed by threatening death. If the social, psychological and educational conditions that produce these abnormal human samples do not change,.. ".

Screenshot Facebook | Reaktionen auf Todesstrafe für Mord von zwei skandinavischen Touristinnen in Marokko (facebook / Abdelkarim Ouakrim)

What about the other defendants?

The number of those sentenced to death was 24. The charges ranged from murder to unlawful possession of firearms to the creation of a terrorist group. Among the alleged accomplices are Muslim clerics and former convicts, as well as a Swiss-Spanish person who is said to have had contact with Damascus in encrypted messages. The other defendants received sentences of between five and 30 years' imprisonment. The Court of First Instance also acquitted the "Moroccan State" of any responsibility for the crime. The family of the Danish victim Luisa Vestinker has called on the Moroccan state to compensate for the incident.

The police said four of the main suspects in the killing of the tourists had declared their loyalty to the so-called "Islamic state", but investigators did not believe the link Between these four and the hard-line organization in Syria and Iraq.

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