Four Teens Charged in Connection to French Teacher Beheading

FOUR more teenagers have been charged in connection to the brutal beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty in October.

Three of the young students, aged between 13 and 14, are charged with ‘complicity in a terrorist murder’, following similar charges given to three other youths earlier this month. They were allegedly paid by 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov to identify the teacher, who sparked controversy among some members of the Muslim community for using Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad in a class on free speech.

Anzorov subsequently tracked the teacher down and beheaded him on a street near the school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb northwest of Paris. The fourth teen to face trial over the incident is the daughter of Brahim Chnina, who launched a provocative online campaign against Paty following the controversial class. 

She is charged with ‘slanderous denunciation’, having allegedly given her version of events about the class to a large audience of people despite having not attended it. The murder of Paty caused an outcry in France, where 250 people have lost their lives to Islamic terrorism since 2015. President Emmanuel Macron has promised to take serious measures in preventing future attacks.

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Oisin Sweeney

Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...


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