Six teenagers in court in connection with the 2020 beheading of a French teacher who showed students a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad

Six teenagers in court in connection with the 2020 beheading of a French teacher who showed students a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad

Six teenagers were tried behind closed doors on Monday, November 27, in connection with the 2020 beheading of a French history teacher, Samuel Paty, a murder that shocked France.

The teacher showed his students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on freedom of expression, angering some Muslim parents.

Islamic fanatics avoid depictions of Islamic prophets, considering them blasphemy.

Paty, 47, was killed outside his school, in a Paris suburb, by an 18-year-old attacker, of Chechen origin, who was shot dead by police shortly after the attack.

The other five minors, aged 14 and 15 at the time of the attack, will be charged with premeditated criminal conspiracy, or ambush.

They are suspected of having identified Paty as the killer or helped monitor his departure from school.

At the time, a 13-year-old girl reportedly told her parents that teacher Paty had asked the Muslim students to leave the room before showing the caricatures. She is facing false accusations after it was established that she was not in class when it happened.

All six minors were remanded to juvenile court and face 2 1/2 years in prison. They cannot be identified due to their ages and entered court on Monday wearing hooded sweatshirts to hide their faces.

“He is consumed by regret and is very afraid of confrontation with Paty’s family,” said Antoine Ory, lawyer for one of the accused, on Monday, before the hearing began.

Paty’s sister, Mickaelle, said in a statement through lawyer Louis Cailliez that her brother would still be alive without a “fatal association of little cowards, big lies.”

The hearings, which will run until December 8, will be held behind closed doors.

Eight adults are also charged and will appear in a special criminal court.

Last month, almost two years before Paty’s murder, a 20-year-old man fatally stabbed a teacher and seriously injured two others in an attack on a school in northern France, sparking new fears of jihadist violence.

France has suffered a wave of attacks by Islamic militants in recent years, including a 2015 shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that published caricatures that Paty showed in his classes.

Source: www.lindaikejisblog.com

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