Daily Israel Report

Morocco Terrorist Given Death Sentence

Moroccan court gives death sentence to suspect in a Marrakesh cafe bombing which killed an Israeli women and her Jewish husband.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 10/28/2011, 10:35 PM

A Moroccan court found on Friday the chief suspect guilty in the April 28 bombing of a Marrakesh café and sentenced him to death, The Associated Press reported.

17 people were killed in that terror attack, including Israeli citizen Michal Weitzmann Zikri and her husband Masoud Zikri, a native of Morocco. The two were in the country to celebrate Passover with Masoud’s family.

They were survived by their two-year-old son, who was with his grandparents at the time of the attack. Michal was six months pregnant when she was killed.

Prosecutors had accused Adel al-Othmani of dressing like a tourist and planting the bomb in the Argana café, then setting it off with his mobile phone. He was convicted of premeditated murder and building explosives, among other charges, AP noted.

The court handed down a life prison term an associate of al-Othmani, Hakim Dah. Four other defendants who had knowledge of the attack were given four-year terms, while three others were given two-year prison terms.

According to AP, al-Othmani’s brother screamed after the verdict was announced, “Morocco is a country that kills, it wants to kill my brother.”

Abdel Hamid Bettar, the spokesman for the defendants’ families, said they would appeal the sentence.

Immediately after the attack, a spokesman for the Moroccan government had said that while it was too soon to lay blame for the terrorist attack, Morocco regularly dismantles local terror cells linked to al-Qaeda.

Al-Qaeda’s North African arm denied being involved in the attack, but said that “we must continue the struggle to release our prisoners and remove the government.”

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