Seven more suspects detained over Moroccan murders
Publish date: 07 January 2019
Issue Number: 805
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
A Morocco prosecutor has brought seven new suspects including a Spanish-Swiss man before a Rabat judge in connection with the murder of two Scandinavian women in the Atlas Mountains. A report on The Local site notes that the prosecution asked for them to be investigated for ‘forming a gang to prepare and carry out terrorist acts, premeditated assistance to perpetrators of terrorist acts and training people to join a terrorist organisation’. It urged the judge to place them in pre-trial detention. Danish student Louisa Jespersen and Norwegian Maren Ueland were found dead at an isolated hiking spot south of Marrakesh on 17 December. They had been beheaded. The four main suspects were allegedly members of a cell inspired by Isis.