Six minors are being tried in Paris behind closed doors, before the children’s court, for their involvement in the assassination of Professor Samuel Paty, on October 6, 2020. Thirteen of his former colleagues have asked to become a civil party.
Six minors have been tried behind closed doors, since Monday, November 27, before the Paris children’s court for their alleged role in the assassination of Samuel Paty, a history and geography professor who had his throat cut as he left a college in Yvelines after having shown his students caricatures of Mohammed as part of a course on secularism. According to AFP, the young defendants arrived at court with their faces covered, accompanied by their parents and their lawyers.
On October 16, 2020, Samuel Paty, 47, who teaches at the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine college, was stabbed and beheaded by Abdoullakh Anzorov, a Russian refugee of Chechen origin, shot dead by the police just after the murder.
13 years old at the time of the facts…
A minor, aged 13 at the time of the facts, is on trial for slanderous denunciation against Samuel Paty. She claimed that before showing the caricatures, the teacher asked the Muslim students to report and leave the class. She later retracted her statements, admitting that she had not attended the course in question.
The father of the teenager, who will be tried at the end of 2024 with seven other adults, had launched a denunciation campaign on social networks on the basis of these false accusations.
“Eaten by remorse”
Five other teenagers, aged 14 to 15 at the time, are on trial for conspiracy to commit aggravated violence. They are notably accused of having monitored the surroundings of the college and designated the teacher to the attacker in exchange for money. The six teenagers face two and a half years in prison.
“He is consumed by remorse and he is extremely apprehensive about the confrontation with the Paty family,” explained Antoine Ory, lawyer for one of the defendants before the opening of the trial. “We are going to have, it is predictable, a defense focused on the youthful error,” said Louis Cailliez, lawyer for Mickaëlle Paty, sister of the killed teacher.
Thirteen ex-colleagues wish to file a civil suit
“Mickaëlle Paty wishes to understand an entire ecosystem made up of the Islamism of some and the complacency of others which has allowed a disastrous succession, a fatal association of small cowardices, big lies, slander, understanding, complicity, support without which Samuel Paty would still be alive” continued the lawyer.
This Monday, thirteen professors, former colleagues of Samuel Paty, came to court to ask to be civil parties. After a debate in the morning, the court decided that it would decide the issue later, with the merits of the case. Teachers will therefore be able to attend the trial, scheduled until December 8.
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