The suspects will appear before the court again on June 13 as court postponed the Imlil murder hearing for the third time.
Rabat – The Sale Court of Appeal has postponed the trial of the 24 defendants in the Imlil Murders for the third time.
The trial was postponed to June 13.
The decision was announced on Thursday, when the defendants appeared before the judge in connection with the killing of two Scandinavian tourist near Mount Toubkal in December 2018.
The trial was postponed after the court listened to the four main suspects involved in the murder of the two Scandavian tourits.
During the hearing, the four suspects involved in the murder confessed the charges, according to state lawyer Abdellatif Ouahbi.
The Moroccan suspects also admitted their links to the Islamic State otherwise known as ISIS.
One of the suspects said that he regretted committing the crime, emphasizing that their targets were “foreigners.”
He also denied that the suspects were targeting Moroccan authorities.
The other 19 suspects will appear before the court again for statements on June 13.
Kevin Zoller Guervos, a Spanish-Swiss suspect arrested for his alleged involvement in the crime also appeared before the judge today.
The lawyer of Kevin asked the judge not to take into account the initial interrogation recorded by the police after the arrest of his client.
He said that the statement session at the police did not respect the investigation standards as there was no interpreter sworn-in during his statement
The public prosecutor at the court, however, asked the judge not to accept the lawyer’s request, pointing out that the judicial police investigator was speaking in French, the first language of the Swiss suspect.
Swiss suspect’s family claims innocence
Attending today’s trial, the mother of Kevin Guervos told the press that her son is “far from being a terrorist.”
Gema said that her “son is a humane person,” who is far from“extremism and far from terrorism and all that.”
She added that the 24 suspects said that “they didn’t even know Kevin. What the police are saying is not what they said.”
Kevin’s Moroccan wife echoed Gema’s statement, saying that one of the main suspects admitted that he only met with her husband twice.
She said that the court reduced some charges against her husband, a statement which was denied by a lawyer of the suspects after the trial.
The mother of Gema said before the trial there is “no evidence” against her son.
“You cannot accuse a person if there is no evidence.”
Defending her son, Gema said that Kevin is a person “who loves everyone.”
“Please don’t think that he is a terrorist. He is a father, the father of three children.”
This is not the first time the mother of the dual national has said that her son is innocent. In an interview she gave to El Mundo in January, Gema said all allegations against her son are “lies.”
Gema, who lives in Spain, claimed that her son was with family in Geneva when the double murder was committed on December 17. The suspect picked the name Abdellah after converting to Islam in 2011.
On December 28, Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) announced the arrest of Guervos in connection to the murder.
BCIJ head Abdelhak Khiame, said that the suspect was not directly involved in the murder, but he knew the suspects.
In the interview, Gema acknowledged that her son had experienced a difficult adolescence after his father’s death when Guervos was just 15.
She said that her son “smoked a lot of joints, burned cars, and had committed a number of robberies.
The suspects appeared before the court first on May 2, but the trial was postponed to May 16 to give the defense time to prepare. The suspects, however, had to face the judge again on May 30 after the trial was postponed in response to a request from the victims’ lawyers, who asked the court to engage the Moroccan state as a key party in the case.
The 24 suspects face multiple charges including using weapons, attempting to manufacture explosives, and plotting activities to undermine national security.
The suspects will also face charges of forming a criminal network, and committing terror acts, as well as inflicting intentional harm.
Louisa Vesterager Jespersen and Maren Uland were beheaded while camping near Imlil, one Morocco’s prized tourist destinations. Police arrested the suspects in less than 48 hours after the murder.