Six students convicted of involvement in teacher Paty’s murder

As of: December 8th, 2023 10:02 p.m

Six students have been convicted in France for their involvement in the Islamist-motivated murder of teacher Samuel Paty. The brutal terrorist act caused international horror.

In Paris, five students were given suspended sentences and one student was sentenced to six months in prison for their involvement in the murder of teacher Samuel Paty. A juvenile court imposed the punishments for the students’ involvement in the dramatic lead-up to the Islamist-motivated terrorist act three years ago.

On October 16, 2020, an 18-year-old killed and then beheaded the history teacher in a Paris suburb. The police shot the perpetrator at that time. The crime sparked international outrage.

Proceedings against eight adults in one year

Before the crime, the teacher had been agitated against the teacher on the Internet because he had shown caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in class on the subject of freedom of expression. Five students who were 14 and 15 years old at the time of the crime are said to have helped the assassin to recognize 47-year-old Paty.

The student, who told the attacker it was Paty as he left school, must serve six months in prison with an electronic ankle bracelet. A then 13-year-old student who triggered the crime with a false accusation received an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

The trial against eight adults, some of whom are said to have directly supported the attacker in preparing his crime, will only be completed in a year.

ARD Paris, tagesschau, December 8th, 2023 10:28 p.m

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