France: Three teenagers indicted for the beheading of a history teacher | News | DW


Two 18-year-old men and a 17-year-old girl were charged on Friday with “criminal terrorist conspiracy” in the murder of French history professor Samuel Paty, a judicial source told AFP news agency. Paty, 47, was beheaded last month in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine after showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a class discussion on free speech. He was murdered by 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov, who was shot dead by police.

The cartoons in question were published by a satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in September to mark the start of the trial of a 2015 attack by gunmen.

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Ten loaded so far

The two men – a French and a Russian-Chechen descent – are accused of being in contact with Paty’s murderer, Anzorov. They were remanded in custody. The suspect was accused of having been in contact with one of the two men. She is currently in a youth detention center. The three were detained in separate regions of France, according to a judicial source quoted by AFP.

So far, ten people have been charged with the murder, including a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old accused of reporting Paty to his killer. In France, being charged does not necessarily lead to a trial – a case can be dismissed for lack of evidence.

The murder sparked outrage across the country and prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to announce a crackdown on Islamist terrorism. This decision led to anti-French protests and calls to boycott French products in several Muslim countries around the world.

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Also on Friday, prosecutors said they accused three other teenagers of “supporting terrorism” over threats made during a nationwide tribute to Paty.

tg / nm (dpa, AFP)


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