COMMENT: The blast tore through the Argana cafe in Marrakech’s old town, and also killed eight French tourists, as well as British, Swiss, Moroccan and Portuguese victims. Perhaps one reason that Marrakech was selected by the terrorists was because of Morocco's consistent support of the US and because it is such a magnet for foreign tourists.
Described as the main perpetrator of the attack, Othmani had earlier both confessed and participated in a reenactment of the attack. He told the judge he did both under threat of torture. Conversely, he alleged that Morocco's intelligence service orchestrated the attack to deflect pro-democracy protests. Othmani was arrested three days after the bombing in the coastal city of Safi. A SIM card owned by Othmani was also used in the cafe bombing.
The trial was emotionally charged, as the survivors and families of foreign tourists who were killed in the attack came to Rabat for the trial. The proceedings will continue on September 29.