SUSPECTS ADMIT KILLING HIKERS
Written by thereachfm on May 31, 2019
The suspected leader of a jihadist cell has told a Moroccan court that he beheaded one of two Scandinavian hikers murdered in the High Atlas Mountains.
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, from Denmark and Maren Ueland, from Norway, were found beheaded in an isolated area in December.
He and 23 other alleged Islamists are on trial in Salé, near Rabat.
Three of them – Ejjoud, Younes Ouaziyad, 27, and Rachid Afatti, 33 – are accused of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group and carrying out the killings. They could face the death penalty if found guilty.
The bodies were found on 17 December in an isolated area near Mount Toubkal, Morocco’s highest peak, and a popular destination for hikers.