Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Scandinavians beheaded in Morocco: defendant’s words of defiance before deliberation

Featured

Deadly Coronavirus: Death toll reaches to 132, infected six thousand

Chinese state television announced that the death toll from the "coronavirus" has risen to 132, Chinese TV said that...

World mourns basketball legend Kobe Bryant

The sports world is in shock. Former basketball superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in California...

Coronavirus: 52 dead and 129 severe cases with 15 countries confirms infection

The number of victims of the Coronavirus outbreak today reached 52 deaths, while more than 1,372 people have been...

The appeal on the decapitation of two young Scandinavians to Morocco on behalf of the Islamic State (IS) group concluded on Wednesday with defiant words from the three main defendants before the deliberations. “If you condemn us, execute us, I excommunicate you, I do not believe in your laws or in human rights”, replied the suspected leader of the radicalized cell, Abdessamad Ejjoud, to the judges of the court of call from Sale, near Rabat.

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, a 24-year-old Danish student, and her friend Maren Ueland, a 28-year-old Norwegian, were savagely killed in December 2018 while camping in the High Atlas mountains (south). A group of 24 men have been on appeal since late August for this double murder. The Salé court, which specializes in terrorist cases, was scheduled to give judgment on Wednesday night.

The prosecution demands their “effective” execution

Abdessamad Ejjoud was sentenced to death in first instance in July, after confessing his involvement in double murder of Scandinavians, along with two other defendants, Younes Ouaziyad, 27, and Rachid Afatti, 33. Prosecution has appealed the confirmation of these sentences in wishing their effective “execution”, the death penalty is de facto theoretical in Morocco due to a moratorium in force since 1993.

Abderrahim Khayali was sentenced to life in July, again assured Wednesday that he had not participated in the crime. The prosecutor has appealed the death sentence against him. The other 20 defendants were sentenced between five and 20 years in prison for forming a band for the purpose of committing terrorist acts.

Abdessamad Ejjoud was sentenced to death in first instance in July, after confessing his involvement in double murder of Scandinavians

On Wednesday, they alternately implored the clemency of the judges by saying they were innocent, some of them offering their condolences to the families of the Scandinavians. One of them, sentenced to 15 years in prison in July, invoked the law that protects witnesses by ensuring to have alerted the authorities late 2016 on the activities of Ejjoud, the brains of operations.

The only foreigner in the group, Kevin Zoller Guervos, a 25-year-old Hispano-Swiss convert, preferred to give the floor to his lawyer to reiterate his innocence. A letter from her mother was read at the hearing, expressing her compassion for the mothers of the two victims and saying that “he too is a victim, a victim of his bad luck that led him to meet the murderers”.

Some defendants had initially admitted to the violent ideology of IS but went back on their statements on appeal. The mother of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, who filed a civil suit, called on the judges to confirm the death sentence against the main defendants, in a letter read by her lawyer. The double murder has rocked Morocco, which had been spared by radical Islamists since the attacks that killed 17 people in 2011 in Marrakesh.

Latest News

Against American wish: Great Britain allows Huawei to participate in 5G expansion

The Chinese network supplier Huawei is allowed to participate in the expansion of the super fast 5G mobile network...

Trump is sowing new discord with his peace plan

Middle East Peace Plan: The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has long ceased to be the central, overlaid "Middle East conflict". Nevertheless, fires...

Ukraine affair and the missing link

The U.S President's legal adviser had expanded his defense strategy in the Senate: The burden of proof is on the other side, said Pat...

Deadly Coronavirus: Death toll reaches to 132, infected six thousand

Chinese state television announced that the death toll from the "coronavirus" has risen to 132, Chinese TV said that the number of confirmed cases...

Trump: Middle East has changed rapidly since the beginning of my tenure

US President Donald Trump said that the Middle East has changed rapidly since the beginning of my tenure of the United States of America,...

Related News