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Morocco sentences Spanish couple murderer to death

07-16-2010 15:35 BJT

RABAT, July 15 (Xinhua) -- A Moroccan court has sentenced to death a man convicted of murdering a Spanish couple while they were on holiday in the North African kingdom two months ago, state- run MAP news agency reported Thursday.

Identified by the report as Tareq H., 26, the convict was found guilty of stabbing the Spanish couple -- a 50-year-old man and his 49-year-old wife -- to death after sneaking into their residence in the Atlantic Ocean resort of Asilah, northern Morocco, in a robbery attempt. The identities of the couple were not given by the report.

After stealing the couple's money and passports, the murderer took their car to make his getaway. However, he collided later with a truck, leading to his arrest.

Convicted of premeditated murder and robbery, he was also ordered to pay one million Moroccan dirhams (around 116,000 U.S. dollars) in compensation to the couple's family.

Morocco's Asilah is a popular resort for Spanish tourists, with many of them purchasing second homes there. (1 U.S. dollar = 8.62 Moroccan dirhams)

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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