They Beheaded 2 Scandinavian Tourists… Now the Trial

  • 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.

Reference Links

  • BBC: Scandinavian hikers murder trial begins in Morocco READ
  • Fox: Trial opens for 24 accused in killing, beheading of Scandinavian hikers in Morocco READ
  • RTE: Trial for murder of two Scandinavian hikers opens in Morocco READ

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