“We can’t be lenient toward these human beasts”
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were found dead on December 17 last year.
They had been visiting a popular area in the Atlas mountains for a hiking trip before they were set upon by (XXXX) savages.
The evil killers murdered the pair at their camp, filming the horrific killings on a mobile phone.
The three killers had pledged allegiance to ISIS in a video made three days before the attack but authorities described them as “lone wolves” after their arrest.
In his closing arguments this Thursday, prosecutor Khalid El Kerdoudi told the jury: “We can’t be lenient toward these human beasts.”
However, Morocco has put a freeze on executions back in 1993, making the re-emergence of the death penalty now unlikely.
Two of the suspects, Abdessamad Ejjoud and Youness Ouziyad, last month admitted in court to decapitating the two women, who were staying overnight in a tent.
A third suspect, Rachid Afatti, has admitted filming the killing and Ejjoud has said the footage was shared with other ISIS sympathisers.
The gang has also said they planned attacks on synagogues and churches, with Ejjoud explaining: “After failing to join the Islamic State, we decided to do jihad at home.
“I regret what happened and I am still trying to grasp it.”
The prosecutor called for life in prison for a fourth suspect who left the group on the day the murder took place.
They also demanded prison sentences ranging from 10 to 30 years for 20 other people, who were arrested for links to the main suspects.
The 20 face charges including forming a criminal gang to commit terrorist acts, encouraging terrorism, and undermining public order.