Seven people were charged this Wednesday for his involvement in the jihadist attack in which a teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded last Friday in the Paris region after showing Muhammad cartoons in a class. Among the accused are two minors for having identified the victim before the murderer in exchange for money.
The French National Antiterrorist Prosecutor’s Office indicated in a statement released Wednesday night that these two minors were released under judicial control, accused of complicity in a terrorist murder, while the other five went to prison.
Of these five, four were charged with the same crime of complicity in a terrorist murder, while the fifth, identified as Yussuf C. by the National Antiterrorist Prosecutor’s Office, is accused of being membership of a terrorist organization criminal.
Brahim Chnina, father of a student at the school where Samuel Paty worked, and who launched a campaign against the teacher murdered, and Abdelhakim Sefrioui, a well-known activist with a fundamentalist tendency who assisted him in that campaign on social networks, are two of those prosecuted for complicity.
The other two are Naïm B. et Azim E., friends of the killer, the young Chechen Abdoullakh Anzorov, who was killed by the police shortly after killing Paty in the vicinity of the school where she worked in the town of Conflans Sainte Honorine, in the department of Yvelines.
He was also a friend of Anzorov, Yussuf C., the only one of the seven defendants who is accused not simply of being an accomplice, but directly of terrorism.
Honored as a hero
All these accusations were known a few hours after a national tribute to Paty in Paris, chaired by the French head of State, Emmanuel Macron, who posthumously imposed on him the Legion of Honor, the highest official distinction of the country, and assured that the fight for freedom that he embodied because “it is more necessary than ever.”
The Sorbonne University, “place of humanism” and “universal knowledge”, was the scene of a short and solemn act, in which the coffin of Samuel Paty (who was 47 years old) entered on the shoulders of the Republican Guard and, at the request of the family, to the rhythm of the song One, de U2.
“He was killed because the Islamists want our future. They separate the faithful from the infidels. Paty only saw citizens,” said Macron, who made it clear that France “will not give up cartoons.”
The Head of State stressed that this professor of History and Geography at an institute in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, about 30 kilometers from Paris, was assassinated precisely because he represented those republican values “that are reborn every day in the classrooms.”
“We will continue that fight for the freedom of which you are from now on the face, because we owe it to you and we owe it to ourselves. That fight is more essential and current than ever “, He held before some 400 guests, including former Socialist President François Hollande.