Three Moroccan men who brutally murdered Scandinavian backpackers sentenced to death

The three men charged with the brutal murder of two Scandinavian women backpacking in Morocco last winter have been sentenced to death.

Younes Ouaziyad, 27, Abdessamed Ejjoud, 25, and Rachid Affati, 33, have all been sentenced to death for the double murder of 24-year-old Danish citizen Louisa Vester Villager Jespersen and 28-year-old Norwegian citizen Maren Ueland in 2018, reports SVT.

The Scandinavian students were hiking in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco when they were found murdered at their campsite on the 17th of December.

A video of the barbaric murder then circulated on the internet and showed how the killers severed the head of one of the women. In another video, the murderers were seen swearing allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist organization.

Moroccan police were quickly able to arrest one of the suspects after he brilliantly left his identification card behind at the crime scene.

In total, 24 people were arrested for involvement in the murder – 23 Moroccans and one  Spanish-Swiss Muslim.

Of those individuals who were arrested, three have been charged with murder while the rest have been prosecuted for various terrorist offenses. On Thursday, the three murderers were sentenced to death by a Moroccan criminal court.

Although Morocco does not practice the death penalty, the savage murders will likely receive life in prison instead.

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