A Moroccan court has sentenced a Swiss citizen arrested in connection with the murder of two Scandinavian hikers to 10 years in prison on terrorism charges, his lawyer said Friday.
Kahlil Idriss said the man, identified only as Nicolas P., 33, was convicted Thursday in the city of Sale, near Rabat, in a case unrelated to the double murder.
A dual Swiss-Spanish citizen was among more than 20 people arrested after Danish student Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, and 28-year-old Norwegian Maren Ueland were found beheaded on December 17 in the High Atlas mountains south of Marrakesh.
The Vatican on Saturday released the schedule for the pope’s trip to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. It comes on the heels of Francis’ recent visit to the United Arab Emirates, where he signed a landmark “fraternity” document with a leading Sunni imam and sought to encourage moderate Islam and interfaith ties.
Police detained five more suspects believed to be responsible for the horrific killing of two women, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, bringing the total number of people in custody to 19, media reported on Wednesday.
According to the head of Morocco’s central office for judicial investigation, Abdelhak Khiam, the gang members went to a popular tourist hiking area to hunt victims for two days before the murder.
Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations says the latest arrests were made Thursday and Friday across the country. With four other men arrested earlier, that brings the total number of suspects in the case to 13.
Horrific images showing one of the murdered Scandinavian tourists being beheaded in Morocco have been sent to a victim’s mother, it has emerged.
ISIS terrorists are suspected of murdering two Scandinavian women in Morocco Danish officials have said today, confirming that one of them was beheaded on video.
Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, were found dead near the village of Imlil in Morocco’s High Atlas mountains on Monday.
At least one of the suspected killers is an ‘extremist’, Moroccan authorities have confirmed, prompting fears that the gruesome double murder was an act of terror.
Two Scandinavian tourists killed in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains were the victims of a terrorist attack, prosecutors believe.
One man has been arrested following the discovery on Monday of the bodies of 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway.
One of the women had been beheaded, a source told AFP.
A suspect in the murder was arrested in Marrakech on Tuesday, and was known to have ties to radical Islamist terror networks.
This is the first picture of one of two Scandinavian female tourists found dead in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains with serious injuries to their necks.
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, from Denmark, and a Norweigan woman were found dead on Monday.
At least one report claimed they had allegedly been decapitated, Sky News reports – but exact details are unclear.
The interior ministry said in a statement that the women’s bodies had been found with “signs of violence on their necks” that had been “caused by a cutting device”.
The Swedish news site Samhällsnytt has investigated the position history of the Open Arms vessel, which is owned and operated by the notorious aid organisation Proactive Open Arms, between 1 and 15 October 2018.
The parents of two of the men suspected of raping and torturing a 17-year-old girl in Morocco have accused her of having a ‘bad reputation’ in the area.
Officials have arrested 12 men after Khadija Okkarou was kidnapped and sold to a gang who raped and forcibly tattooed her before she was dumped back at her family home near Beni Melal after two months.
The case has sparked outrage in Morocco as it emerged she endured extreme violence during the ordeal with a video was posted online showing her arms, leg and neck covered in tattoos and cigarette burns.
Moroccans are expressing shock on social media at the details given by a 17-year-old of her rape ordeal.
In a TV interview last week, the young woman, being named as Khadija, said she was abducted by a gang in June, held for two months, sexually assaulted and tortured.
She also showed scars, cigarette burns and tattoos on her body, which she said were given to her by her captors.
Four officers from Morocco are scheduled to help deal with young criminal migrants. They will be patrolling the Goutte d’Or neighbourhood of Paris, where many migrants live openly on the streets, in the hopes to combat their increased problems with violence, drugs, and prostitution, according to a report by BFMTV.
According to PressTV, Two refugees, one on each side of the border, were reported injured as they attempted to jump over the six-meter-high fence. The Spanish government’s delegation in Ceuta said six of the 400 who stormed the border managed to make it into Spain, Spanish news agency EFE reported.
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None of the people living in one of the Moroccan cities around Marrakesh imagined that an Imam would harass their minor girls. Some of the families used to send their daughters to the mosque to learn the rules of reciting memorizing the Quran by the Imam, especially after he became trustworthy by the residents of the Douar city in Helwan at Sti Fatima University of Marrakesh.
In Saudi Arabia, pictures of Moroccan women have been circulated on social media to be sold as housemaids for lump sums of cash. The Twitter picture above shows two Moroccan women being advertised for “sale” as a domestic worker. The woman on the right is described as being 30 years old, with five years’ work experience in Saudi Arabia, and knows how to cook and clean; she is offered for 1500 Saudi riyal (€325, $397). The woman on the left is described as “able to cook Saudi dishes and enjoys children.” She is also being offered for 1500 riyal.