The Criminal Chamber in charge of terrorism cases at the annex of the Court of Appeal in Salé handed down sentences on Thursday ranging from five years’ imprisonment to death sentences against the accused in the case of the murder of two Scandinavian tourists in the Imlil region (El-Haouz province).
Thus, the three main defendants, Abdessamad El Joud, Younès Ouziad and Rachid Afati, were sentenced to death. Abderrahmane Khayali was sentenced to life imprisonment.
In addition, a 30-year prison sentence was imposed on Nouredine Belaabed, Hicham Nazih and Khmayej Abdelkébir and 25 years in prison for Abdellatif Driouch, Hamid Ait Hmed, Abdelghani Chaati and Aaqel Zeghari.
The Criminal Division also sentenced Said Toufiq, Amine Dimane, Abdelaziz Feriat and the accused with dual Swiss and Spanish nationality, Kevin Zoller Guervos, to 20 years’ imprisonment.
Similarly, Ayoub Chellaoui was sentenced to 18 years in prison and Bachid Driouch, Rachid Ouali, Mohamed Chakor and Abdeslam Idriss to 15 years in prison.
Mohamed Salah, Nouredine Khili, Said Khiyali and Abdellah Ouafi were sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment, 8 years’ imprisonment with a fine of MAD 10,000, 6 years’ imprisonment and 5 years’ imprisonment respectively.
The Court also declared inadmissible the application brought against the Moroccan State in the person of the Head of Government and the judicial officer of the Kingdom.
It also ordered the four main defendants, Abdessamad El Joud, Younès Ouziad, Rachid Afati and Abderrahmane Khayali, to pay jointly and severally MAD2 million in compensation for the civilian party.
The accused were prosecuted for “setting up a gang to prepare and commit terrorist acts, causing damage to the lives of persons with intent, possession of firearms and attempted manufacture of explosives in violation of the law, as part of a collective project aimed at seriously undermining public order”.
As part of the investigations carried out after the discovery of the bodies of two foreign tourists in the Imlil region, the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) of the General Directorate of Surveillance of the National Territory, in collaboration with the Royal Gendarmerie and National Security, announced the arrest of the accused persons.