Scandinavian hikers murder trial to begin

In Morocco, the trials are due to begin of 24 people accused of involvement in the murder of two Scandinavian hikers last December.

The bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark, and Maren Ueland from Norway, were found near a popular tourist spot in the Atlas mountains.

Both had been beheaded.

Three main defendants – who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group – could face the death penalty, although Morocco has had a moratorium on executions since 1993.

A video showing the beheading of one of the women was shared widely on social media by IS supporters.

The killings shocked the north African country. Hundreds of people attended vigils in December to mark the murders, like these people pictured outside the Danish Embassy in Rabat:


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