A man found guilty of killing 17 people, including eight from France, has been sentenced to death by a Moroccan judge.
Adel Othmani was convicted of planning and carrying out a bomb attack at a cafe in Marrakesh in April. His relatives cried when the judge gave his ruling.
According to the prosecution, Othmani dressed up as a hippie, planted two bombs and detonated them with a mobile phone.
Another defendant was sentenced to life in prison, and seven others involved in the plot will spend between two and four years behind bars – a sentence seen by some as too light, including Jacques Sombres whose son Maude died in the attack: “They’ll be out killing more children in four years’ time,” he said.
Martine and Francis Gauthier, parents of bombing victim Angelique, were at Rabat Court for the ruling. Outside, Martine tearfully told reporters:
“That’s the end of Morocco for me. I’m going back to France. I’ll continue to go on holidays, but certainly not to Morocco because here people are allowed to kill.”
No one has been executed in Morocco since 1992. Othmani’s supporters claim he is innocent and his conviction is a form of state terrorism.