Six teens convicted over French teacher’s murder and beheading

Samuel Paty was stabbed and beheaded outside his school.

Six teens convicted over French teacher’s murder and beheading
History and geography teacher Samuel Paty, 47, who has been decapitated outside a school near Paris after receiving death threats for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a lesson. He received the threats after producing the images in the classroom during a lesson on freedom of expression and the suspect for his murder has been named as 18-year-old Aboulakh A, a Russian national of Chechen origin. The suspect was shot dead by police after he severed Mr Paty's head with a kitchen knife in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb of Paris, on Friday. In what has been described as a terror-related attack, Aboulakh A was said to have been angry that children had been shown the cartoon in class and shouted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is the greatest) as he decapitated the teacher. He then posted graphic visual proof of what he had done on social media along with a threat in French warning people not to
Teacher Samuel Paty, 47, was murdered outside his school after showing his class images of the Islamic prophet (Picture: Rex)

Six teenagers have been found guilty of the brutal killing of French teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded outside his school by an Islamic extremist.

Mr Paty, 47, was killed in 2020 after showing his class images of the prophet Muhammed published by satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo during a discussion about freedom of expression.

His killer, Abdoullakh Anzorov – an 18-year-old Chechen refugee who had been radicalised – was shot dead by police at the time.

But a French juvenile court today found five of the defendants, who were 14 and 15 at the time of the attack, guilty of stalking the teacher and identifying him to his attacker.

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 18, 2020, shows a person holding a placard reading
His death sparked an outpouring of grief and anger throughout France (Picture: AFP)

Another defendant who was 13 at the time was found guilty of lying about the classroom debate on social media in a way which provoked online outrage and stoked anger at the teacher.

The teenagers – all students at Mr Paty’s school – testified that they did not know the teacher would be killed. 

They were all handed brief or suspended prison terms, and required to stay in school or jobs during the duration of their suspended terms with regular medical check-ups.

None of them said a word as they departed the courthouse, although one appeared to wipe away tears.

Mr Paty’s name was circulated on social media after he showed the satirical pictures during a debate in class.

The cartoon had previously triggered a deadly extremist massacre in the Charlie Hebdo newsroom following their publication in 2015, which killed 17 people – including 11 journalists.

Five of the defendants were convicted of involvement in a group preparing aggravated violence after they identified Mr Paty to his attacker.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 16, 2021 members of the public stand in front of a photograph depicting French history and geography teacher Samuel Paty as they attend a tribute ceremony in Eragny-sur-Oise, northwestern Paris, held one year after Paty was beheaded by an extremist after showing his class cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. - French anti-terrorist prosecutor's office calls for 14 people to be tried for the assassination of the teacher Samuel Paty, on April 7, 2023. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
Five teens were found guilty of assisting in his murder (Picture: AFP)
Abdullakh Anzorov His picture is reposted on Instagram with the caption ??Hero of Islam?? WILL STEWART TEL: +79859989400 IMAGES ATTACHED VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Ct3AEomdgXc The terrorist who beheaded a French teacher near Paris has been given a hero???s funeral in his native Chechnya. Footage shows mourners at the ceremony for Abdullakh Anzorov, 18, in his native village of Shalazi in the oil-rich Russian region. The body of the killer who decapitated teacher Samuel Paty had been returned from France on Saturday. Anzorov was shot dead by French police minutes after the appalling beheading on 16 October. Some 200 people attended the Muslim funeral in snowy conditons, said BAZA media which reported Anzorov had been buried ???with honours???. His body was carried through the village by mourners in Urus-Martanovsky district. Entrances to Shalazi - population 5,330 - were sealed off by 65 police officers to stop others attending. A street was unofficially named after the teenage terrorist, said reports.
His killer Abdullakh Anzorov, 18, was shot dead by police minutes later (Picture: Instagram)

The sixth wrongly claimed that Mr Paty had asked Muslim students to raise their hands and leave the classroom before he showed the class the prophet cartoons. 

It was later revealed she was not in the classroom that day, and told investigators she had lied. She was convicted of making false allegations.

Following the accusations, her father shared the lie in an online video that called for mobilisation against the teacher.

He and a fellow Islamic radical are among eight adults on trial for helping disseminate virulent messages about Mr Paty, and are due to stand trial next year.

The trial was held behind closed doors, and the media are not allowed to disclose the defendants’ identities according to French laws regarding minors.

Their sentencing comes just weeks after another French teacher was stabbed to death and three other people were injured in a school in the north of the country by a former student suspected of Islamic radicalisation.

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