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France: 4 More Students Charged over Teacher's Beheading

France: 4 More Students Charged over Teacher's Beheading

Thursday, 26 November, 2020 - 09:45
A French police officer stands next to a portrait of slain French teacher Samuel Paty in the city of Montpellier on 21 October 2020. AFP

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 judicial 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.


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