Morocco terror trial in deaths of 2 Nordic hikers nears end

SALE, Morocco (AP) — A trial in Morocco of nearly two dozen people on terrorism charges for the brutal slayings of two Scandinavian women is nearing an end.

The three main suspects in the deaths of 28-year-old Maren Ueland of Norway and 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen of Denmark claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group. They recorded the slayings and posted the video online in an amplification of their acts.

The two women were knifed to death in their tent in the Atlas Mountains in December.

The prosecutor has said he would seek death sentences for the three. Lawyer Khalid Fataoui read a letter from Jespersen's mother asking the court to impose the death penalty.

Neither of the women's families was present on Thursday in the courtroom in Sale, outside Morocco's capital of Rabat.