Six Teenagers On Trial for Alleged Role in French Teacher’s 2020 Beheading

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Teenagers on trial for alleged role, Six adolescents are on trial in Paris for their alleged role in the beheading of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet of Islam.

Six Teenagers On Trial for Alleged Role

teenagers on trial for alleged role On October 16, 2023, attendees assemble to pay tribute to deceased French teachers Samuel Paty and Dominique Bernard, whose pictures will be displayed on Place de la Comedie in Montpellier, southern France. 

France planned to hold memorial services for Samuel Paty, a history-geography teacher who was beheaded on October 16, 2020, for showing Mohammed cartoons during lessons on free expression, and Dominique Bernard, 57, a French teacher who was stabbed to death at the school in Arras in what the government described as an Islamist terror attack. 

Six adolescents will stand trial in Paris on Monday for their alleged involvement in the beheading of a teacher who had showed caricatures of the Prophet of Islam to his class.

According to PTI, the victim, a history and geography teacher named Samuel Paty, was assassinated on October 16, 2020, near his classroom in a northwest Paris district. The assailant, an 18-year-old Chechen man who had become radicalised, was shot dead by police.

Following this occurrence, French officials reaffirmed the country’s commitment to free expression and secular ideals. According to PTI, Paty’s name was revealed on social media following a class debate on free expression in which he displayed caricatures from the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which sparked a newsroom massacre by extremists in January 2015.

 teenagers on trial for alleged role In compliance with French law respecting minors, all sessions at a Paris juvenile court must be held without media. Among those on trial is a 13-year-old girl who is accused of making false claims after falsely claiming that Paty had urged Muslim students to raise their hands and leave the classroom before showing the drawings.

She eventually admitted to investigators that she had lied. According to the investigation, she was not in the classroom that day, and Paty did not make such a request.

Five additional Paty’s school kids, aged 14 and 15, are charged with criminal conspiracy with the intent to conduct serious harm.

They are accused of waiting for Paty for many hours until he left the school and identifying him to the killer in exchange for promises of rewards ranging from 300 to 350 euros ($348 to $406).

The inquiry determined that the attacker knew the teacher’s name and the address of his school, but he lacked the means to identify him.

All six adolescents face two and a half years in prison. The trial is set to conclude on December 8. Eight more adults will stand trial later. They include the father of the teen girl accused of making false charges. He had posted films on social media at the time calling for protests against the teacher.

A radical Islamic activist has also been accused with distributing extremist materials that targeted Samuel Paty. Six weeks ago, a teacher was stabbed to death and three others were injured in a school attack by a former pupil suspected of Islamic radicalization.

This event, which occurred against the backdrop of global tensions surrounding the Israel-Hamas conflict, caused French authorities to deploy an additional 7,000 soldiers nationwide to increase security and surveillance, according to PTI.


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