A Moroccan court has sentenced the murderer of Vicky Chetrit and Sam Toledano to death, but claims that he was motivated by greed, not hate, despite dismembering their bodies and dispersing them throughout Casablanca. Report in the Times of Israel:
A court in Morocco sentenced to death a gardener who was convicted of murdering a Jewish couple last year in Casablanca.
The Court of First Instance of the coastal city sentenced Mustapha Rerhay, 51, to death on Monday, the Le 360 news sitereported,
for the killing of Sam Toledano and Vicky Chetrit, a high-profile
couple in the Jewish community for whom the killer had worked.
Rerhay dismembered the couple’s bodies and
disposed of the parts in various places in Casablanca. He stole jewelry
and other possessions from their home in an attack police insisted was
financially motivated, not a hate crime.
But the news site Diaspora Saharaui,
which is critical of the government of Morocco over its occupation of
Western Sahara, suggested in its reporting that the police version does
not explain the mutilation of the bodies.
“Moroccan authorities tried to present the
crime as motivated by greed, but a simple thief would not have mutilated
the bodies and dispersed their parts across the city,” the report said,
citing the rarity of cases involving mutilation in Morocco.
Noting the couple’s high profile within the
Jewish community, the news site urged Moroccan police to examine
alternative motives for the crimes.
Rerhay was arrested soon after the July 2016
murders, and reportedly confessed to the crime, which he said he
committed due to financial hardship. He was said to have been facing
eviction from his apartment when he hatched a plan to kill the couple
and steal their money and jewelry.