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Morocco: Two sentenced to death for raping, killing 7-year-old girl

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May 4, 2016: Two Moroccans have been sentenced to death by a court in El Jadida (200km south of Rabat) for having kidnapped, raped and killed a 7-year-old girl, reported today the local web eljadidanews.com.

The incident took place late last year, when the girl, who went by the name Zineb, disappeared from his grandfather’s house in the village of Douar Lachab, where he lived with his mother, separated from her husband. 

Her body was found days later in a well, with signs of having been raped before her death.

The daily Al Massae says meanwhile that one of those sentenced to death is half brother of the dead girl.

While no prisoner was executed since 1993, the death penalty remains in force in Moroccan law, and in recent years was reserved for cases of terrorism or crimes against children.

There are currently around 120 sentenced to death in the so-called “death row” awaiting execution. 

source: EFE, May 4, 2016

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