Imlil Murders Trial Adjourned to June 20


Rabat – The criminal court in Sale near Rabat has once again adjourned the trial of the suspects of the Imlil terrorist incident.

After a hearing today, the Sale criminal court ruled to adjourn the trial to June 20. The official statement did dwell on the reason for the ruling, but it is understood that the court decided it needed more time to evaluate the evidence it has so far received in the case.

On the trial are 24 suspects whom the Moroccan police arrested in the aftermath of the tragic killing of two Scandinavian tourists near Mount Toubkal in December 2018.

The defendants, including notably a Swiss-Spanish binational, are facing charges of incitement of hatred, terrorism, and premeditated murder.

The Imlil murders took Morocco by surprise in late December 2018. Police discovered the lifeless bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Uland on December 17, 2018 beheaded while camping near Imlil, one of Morocco’s most prized tourist destinations.

The tragedy caused shock waves in Morocco, with many sympathizing with the pain of the two tourists’ loved ones while roundly condemning the horrific murders.

Police arrested the suspects less than 48 hours after the murder.