Four teenage students have been charged in France over the killing of Samuel Paty, including three for allegedly pointing out the teacher to his murderer, a judical source said Thursday.
Three other pupils were charged with complicity earlier this month over the beheading last month of Paty, who had shown his students cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed as part of a lesson on free speech.
Three of the four students charged Thursday were suspected of identifying Paty to his killer, 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov, who then tracked him down and beheaded him in a street near his school.
The three, who are between 13 and 14 years old, are being charged with “complicity in a terrorist murder,” the source said.
The fourth is the daughter of Brahim Chnina, who launched a virulent online campaign against Paty denouncing the teacher’s use of the cartoons published by satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
She has been charged with “slanderous denunciation” of Paty after relating her version of events in the classroom, though she did not actually attend his civics lesson.
Paty’s murder sparked a torrent of outrage that prompted President Emmanuel Macron to crack down on extremism and violence in a country reeling from a wave of extremist attacks since 2015 that have killed more than 250 people.
Coronavirus: France new COVID-19 cases surge, 16,282 new confirmed casesFrance reported a new surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours along with another rise in deaths, according to data published from the ... Coronavirus
Expanded support for coronavirus-hit business in France to cost $1.9 bln per monthAn expansion of a government compensation scheme for businesses forced to close under coronavirus restrictions will cost 1.6 billion euros ($1.9 ... Coronavirus
Coronavirus: France’s Macron says worst of virus second wave over, lockdown to easeFrance will start easing its COVID-19 lockdown this weekend so that by Christmas, shops, theatres and cinemas will re-open and people will be able to ... Coronavirus