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French teens convicted in teacher's beheading case

The teens were involved in the events leading to Paty's murder outside his school in a Paris suburb

By Web Desk
December 09, 2023
Pedestrians pass a poster depicting French teacher Samuel Paty placed in the city centre of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 30km northwest of Paris, November 3, 2020. — AFP File
Pedestrians pass a poster depicting French teacher Samuel Paty placed in the city centre of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 30km northwest of Paris, November 3, 2020. — AFP File

Giving its verdict in the case related to the 2020 beheading of teacher Samuel Paty. a French court found six teenagers guilty of their involvement in the events leading to teacher's murder.

However, none will serve jail time, as all sentences were suspended or commuted.

Paty showed cartoons of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) in class, which upset some Muslim parents. An 18-year-old attacker of Chechen origin killed Paty outside his school in a Paris suburb. Police shot the assailant dead shortly thereafter.

The teens were involved in the events leading to Paty's murder outside his school in a Paris suburb.

Among those on trial was a girl who falsely accused Paty of asking Muslim students to leave before showing the cartoons. The court found that she wasn't in the class at the time hence, she was guilty of lying. 

Other teens were involved in planning the murder and pointing Paty out to the attacker.

One teenager received a six-month home confinement with electronic surveillance. Another girl, guilty of false accusations, got an 18-month suspended sentence and probation for two years.