- The trial has opened in Morocco for 24 people accused of killing two Scandinavian tourists who were found beheaded in December in the High Atlas mountains.
- Maren Ueland, 28, of Norway, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, of Denmark, were found in an isolated area of the mountains near a popular tourist spot.
- A video was circulated on social media that purportedly showed the beheading of one of the victims. Norwegian police believe that the video is authentic.
- Though the defendants appeared in court on Thursday, the trial was postponed until later in the month.
- Suspects face charges of forming a terrorist cell. Three have been accused of pledging allegiance to the terrorist network, the Islamic State, and face the death penalty.
- Though Morocco has had a death penalty moratorium since 1993, the sentence is still handed down in certain cases.