Seven people, including two minors, were brought before a judge on Wednesday as part of an ongoing judicial inquiry into the gruesome murder of French teacher Samuel Paty last week, an anti-terrorism prosecutor official told Reuters.
Paty was brutally beheaded by an 18-year-old Chechen assailant (shot dead by police) outside his workplace on Friday October 16 and was confirmed by the French government as a terrorist incident, possibly inspired by a fatwa issued by a cleric French.
Over the weekend, French authorities arrested 11 people, including four relatives of the attacker, Abdullakh Abouyezidovich Anzorov, 18, a migrant from Chechnya.
The attack used a large knife to behead the teacher, who became a target after students complained about showing him Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, a culpable act in the religion of the Islam.
As we noted, authorities are examining the role of social media in the attack, as videos made by one parent have gone viral in the Muslim community, urging other parents to act. One of Paty’s students is suspected of having “doxed” him in a Facebook message urging Muslim parents to get him fired.
Richard Ferrand, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, told BFM TV that parents should “stay out of school and leave teachers alone. Full authority must be returned to teachers. “
Prosecutors allege that the assailant approached a few of Paty’s students outside the school and asked them to point out the teacher as he left the school to go home. The students were among those handed over to a judge.
French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is waging war on “separatism”, referring to Islamist extremism in the country. He said a mosque in the northeastern suburb of Paris, in Pantin, would be closed Wednesday evening for six months. The mosque, called the Great Mosque of Panin, has been accused of sharing the videos on social media.
Investigators are trying to understand how the attacker, who lived in the Norman town of Evreux, about an hour and a half west of Paris, arranged his meeting with the teacher, and how premeditated the beheading was. .
We always ask ourselves: Why have algorithms or Facebook staff allowed hate videos, denouncing Paty, to circulate on the platform?
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