Trial of Morocco bomb suspects set to open

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011
Peter Moss

Peter Moss

The trial of the nine men suspected of carrying out the fatal bomb attack in a Marrakesh café in April is to open later this week.

The blast, in a popular tourist spot in the old quarter of the Moroccan city, left 17 people dead including British Jew Peter Moss.

Mr Moss, a well-known travel writer and a long-time JC contributor, was 59 and had two children.

He was in Marrakesh alone, having booked a last-minute getaway during the royal wedding weekend.

The trial of the main suspect, Adil El-Atmani, and his accomplices, is set to resume in Morocco on Thursday, after it was postponed last month to give the legal teams more time.

The men, who could face the death penalty if convicted, are accused of "premeditated murder" as well as "seriously undermining public order, laying an ambush, the possession of and making of explosives, and belonging to a banned religious group."

The bomb was the worst attack on Morocco in eight years. Although police initially blamed al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb for the attack, the terrorist group has denied responsibility.

Last updated: 4:25pm, September 21 2011