Morocco ‘gives death sentence’ for beheading hikers

A Moroccan court has condemned three suspected jihadists to death for the murder of two Scandinavian women beheaded while on a hiking trip in Morocco, reports AFP news agency.

Maren Ueland, left, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen were studying to be tour guides
Maren Ueland, left, and Louisa Vesterager Jespersen were studying to be tour guides

Suspected ringleader Abdessamad Ejjoud and two companions received the maximum penalty over the deaths.

Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Ueland’s bodies were found on 17 December in a tent in an area near Mount Toubkal, Morocco’s highest peak.

The women were on a Christmas camping trip and were studying to become tour guides. BBC News