Three Islamic State supporters have been sentenced to death for the killings of two Scandinavian backpackers found murdered in their tent in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.
Carpenters Jounes Ouzayed and Rashid Afatti, and street merchant Abdessamad al Joud did not react as the sentences were read out.
A fourth man, Khaiali Abderahman, who fled the scene, has been sentenced to life in prison.
A further 19 accomplices were given jail terms ranging from five to 30 years.
The bodies of Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway were found decapitated in December in the popular hiking area south of Marrakesh.
The men recorded the attack and posted it online.
Ms Jespersen and Ms Ueland were on an unguided trip and camping close to North Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Toubkal.
The men had all vowed allegiance to the terrorist organisation Islamic State in a video.
All 23 men addressed the court ahead of the verdicts, asking the judge for leniency, while the main defendants asked Allah for forgiveness.
In his closing arguments in June, the prosecutor asked the court to sentence the three main suspects to death, and described them as “human beasts”.
A Swiss man, Kevin Zoller, among the accomplices, received a 20-year sentence.
The lawyer for Ms Jespersen’s family, Khalid el Fataoui, said he was “100% satisfied” with the verdicts.
Mr el Fataoui noted that Ms Jespersen’s mother had asked the court in a letter at an earlier hearing this month to sentence the killers to death.
“We obtained what she asked for,” he said.
Child among 22 migrants rescued from Channel by French authorities | World News
French authorities have rescued 22 migrants who got into trouble while trying to cross the Channel.
The group, which included a woman and a child, was found roughly two miles off the coast of Dunkirk at about 1.30am on Sunday.
Authorities were alerted to the migrants’ plight by a ferry just after midnight and sent out search and rescue teams.
They were safely recovered and taken back to Dunkirk on board the RIAS Bee Languedoc.
Earlier this week, Boris Johnson warned migrants not to attempt the Channel crossing, saying: “We will send you back.”
The prime minister said: “Clearly the most important thing is to stop them coming across from France so we are working very closely with the French authorities.
“The point I would just make to people thinking of making this journey – one, it is very hazardous, you may think the weather looks great but it’s a very, very dangerous thing to do.
“The second thing is – we will send you back. The UK should not be regarded as a place where you could automatically come and break the law by seeking to arrive illegally.”
His comments came after dozens of migrants were rescued off the British south coast on Thursday.
One witness told Sky News dozens of people were picked up and taken to Dover, in Kent.
The Home Office confirmed 37 migrants were rescued after four small boats were intercepted.
It said Home Secretary Priti Patel would be raising the issue with her French counterpart.
Five Britons arrested and 100kg of drugs confiscated in Malaga | UK News
A British criminal network has been foiled in Spain, with more than 100kg of drugs confiscated.
Five Britons – three men and two women aged between 38 and 62 – have been arrested in connection with the network by the National Police in Malaga.
Officers said they intercepted 52kg of a mix of marijuana and hash, and 51kg of vacuum-packed marijuana buds.
The police operation also saw the seizure of 23,000 euros (£21,000) in cash.
Drugs were being sent across Europe through couriers based in Malaga, and it is thought they were destined for countries including the UK, Sweden, Poland and Denmark.
The suspects allegedly took steps to avoid police, including frequently changing which vehicles they used and the homes they rented, officers said.
A long-running police operation saw two parcel shipments intercepted at courier agencies in May, containing 58kg of drugs in seven boxes intended for Sweden, Poland and Denmark.
In subsequent shipments, the last one intercepted earlier in August, three packages containing 17kg of the drugs were prevented from reaching Sweden and the UK, the force said.
Police then carried out home searches once the suspects were identified, with a further 28kg uncovered in the raids.
Hong Kong: Police use water cannon for first time against protesters | World News
Hong Kong police have used water cannon against anti-government protesters for the first time during a second straight day of demonstrations.
There have been skirmishes between activists and officers following a pro-democracy march in an area known as the New Territories where tens of thousands took to the streets.
A large crowd then attended a rally in a park but another group of protesters took over a main street, putting up barricades with traffic barriers and cones.
Police tried to disperse them by firing tear gas but protesters reacted by throwing bricks and other objects towards the officers.
The violence came a day after similar clashes in the Kowloon Bay district where authorities arrested 29 people for offences including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers.
According to the South China Morning Post, the custom-built French trucks have 15 high-pressure cannons.
Two cannons on the roof can fire more than 1,200 litres of water a minute over a distance of 50 metres. The water can be mixed with tear gas or liquid dye as well.
According to guidelines, the cannons should only be aimed at the lower limbs of the protesters.
An assistant commissioner of police overseeing operations is allowed to authorise deployment of the water cannon after assessing threats.
The trucks arrived in the city in May last year.
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