Moroccan police have already arrested 13 suspects in the killing of two Scandinavian backpackers, whose bodies were found in the Atlas Mountains with knife wounds to the neck.
A Moroccan has mounted a Change.org petition, calling on the Ministry of Justice to sentence the murderers of 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Norway and 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark to death.
“The death penalty is undoubtedly the right solution to this horrible crime, as [a] Moroccan, I request the application of Articles 393, 399 of the Moroccan Penal Code”, the petition reads.
Article 393 stipulates that “murder committed with premeditation or ambush is qualified assassination with the death penalty”, while Article 399 implies that any crime involving torture or acts of barbarism is punishable by death.
Although the North African country has not abolished the death penalty, no executions have taken place since 1993.
The petition has been signed over 370 times as of 22 December, but many are calling for the execution of the suspects on social media.
Ueland and Jespersen were killed near a path up to peak Toubkal, a popular hiking destination in Morocco. One of the victims was beheaded, while another sustained serious neck wounds. The case is being investigated as a terrorist act.
A video of the decapitation of one of the girls emerged online, with a knife-wielding perpetrator shouting “It’s Allah’s will” and “This is revenge for our brothers in Hajin in Syria. These are your heads, enemy of God”, referring to the Daesh stronghold in the province of Deir ez-Zor captured by US-backed forces earlier this week. Danish intelligence services have authenticated the extremely graphic footage.
According to the country’s authorities, the four suspects first arrested over the murder had pledged allegiance to Daesh* in a video now circulating on social media. While the authenticity of the video is yet to be confirmed, no group has claimed responsibility for the murder.
Source: News Agencies