24 in Morocco face terror trial in Nordic hikers' slayings
In this photo provided by Moroccan news channel 2M and taken on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, a security team is seen at the area where the bodies of two Scandinavian women tourists were found dead, near Imlil in the High Atlas mountains, Morocco. (2M via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, May 16, 2019 10:25AM EDT
SALE, Morocco -- Twenty-four people have gone on trial in Morocco on terrorism charges for the brutal slaying of two Scandinavian women hikers that shocked Denmark, Norway and Morocco itself.
The court decided to include the Moroccan government as a civil party to the case during Thursday's hearing in the coastal city of Sale.
Hafida Makssaoui, the government-appointed lawyer representing the four chief suspects, says the trial is expected to run for months.
She told The Associated Press that her clients, aged 25-30, have pleaded guilty and regret their actions. However she expects they will get a death sentence over the December attack on Louisa Vesterager Jespersen of Denmark and Maren Ueland of Norway.
The attackers shared a video of the killing on social networks and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.