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Imlil Murder: Families of Scandinavian Tourists Arrive in Morocco

The families of the Imlil murder victims, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark and Maren Ueland from Norway, arrived in Morocco this week to follow the legal procedures of the trial.

Rabat – The investigating judge at the Court of First Instance in Sale has reportedly received the Imlil murder victims’ families. The Norwegian and Danish embassies also assigned a lawyer from Marrakech to both families.

Moroccan police arrested 23 suspects who are now facing terror-related charges in connection to the double murder of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark and Maren Ueland from Norway.

One of the suspects, Kevin Zoller Guervo, 25, is a Swiss-Spanish man who appeared before the investigating judge in early February.

The head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), Abdelhak Khiame, had said that Guervos was not directly involved in the murder, but he knew the primary suspects.

Police also believe Guervos trained and recruited sub-Saharan Africans with whom he planned to join ISIS in northern Mali.

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All of the suspects have appeared before the court.

Louisa and Maren were on vacation in Morocco. They camped in the Atlas Mountains between Imlil and Mount Toubkal in an isolated area overnight.

Moroccan security services found the two tourists dead, one decapitated and one with a slashed throat, the next morning, December 17.

News of Louisa and Maren’s tragic death made international headlines and saddened Moroccans who were also shocked and appalled that the double murder happened in their country.

Moroccans displayed various gestures of sympathy with the victims and their families, flocking to the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Rabat to express their solidarity and signing a petition calling for the death penalty for the first four arrested suspects.  

Morocco has maintained a de facto moratorium on the death penalty since 1993.