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Relatives of the assailant, the father of a student complaining about a course on caricatures, a sulphurous Islamist militant, Internet users, college students: fourteen people risk trial in the investigation into the assassination of Samuel Paty , in October 2020, by a radicalized young man.
Several individuals directly or indirectly contributed to the murder of Professor Samuel Paty in October 2020 by a radicalized young man, shot dead the day of his act by the police. According to the survey, fourteen people could thus answer for their actions before the courts, including several minors.
The assassin: “avenge the prophet”
The history and geography professor was beheaded near the college of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) where he taught by Abdoullakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old Russian refugee of Chechen origin, who lived in Évreux, in Normandy.
According to investigators, this practicing Muslim, whose behavior is marked by “violence”, had “shown an even more marked interest in religion” from “summer 2020”.
The Moscow-born young man attacked Samuel Paty after learning of a controversy on social networks born of the teacher’s decision to show caricatures of Muhammad in class.
In an audio message in Russian, he had claimed his gesture by congratulating himself on having “avenge the Prophet”. The assailant posted a video on Snapchat just before his attack, then a photo of Samuel Paty’s severed head afterwards. He was shot and killed shortly after his act by police.
Relatives of the assailant
The national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office on Friday requests a trial for complicity in terrorist assassination for Naïm Boudaoud, 21-year-old Frenchman, and Azim Epsirkhanov, 22-year-old Russian. These two acquaintances of Anzorov also lived in Évreux.
They are suspected of having accompanied Abdoullakh Anzorov to buy a knife and pellet guns. Naïm Boudaoud also took him to the college in the Paris region. The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (Pnat) is also requesting the assizes for criminal terrorist association for another friend of Anzorov, Yusuf Cinar, a 20-year-old Franco-Turk.
The controversy over the cartoons arose from the lie of a schoolgirl educated in the college of Samuel Paty and threatened with exclusion for indiscipline: she had reported to her parents that the history and geography teacher had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during of a course on secularism at the beginning of October. She had accused him of asking Muslim college students to report themselves. In reality, she had not attended this course.
For this 15-year-old girl, the Pnat is asking for a trial in juvenile court for slanderous denunciation. His father, Brahim Chnina, a 51-year-old Moroccan, then launched a virulent campaign on social networks with the support of the sulphurous Islamist militant Abdelhakim Sefrioui, a 63-year-old Franco-Moroccan.
Fiché S, Abdelhakim Sefrioui is described by the police as “registered in the radical Islamist movement since his arrival on national territory in 1982”. In a video posted on social networks five days before the assassination, he called Samuel Paty without naming him a “thug” and invited other parents to mobilize to obtain his exclusion.
The investigation did not prove that Anzorov had seen the video of Abdelhakim Sefrioui, who challenged during the investigation his indictment for complicity in terrorist assassination, like Brahim Chnina. The Pnat finally asks for their appearance at the assizes for criminal terrorist association.
Internet users and “sweet scar”
Priscilla Mangel, a 34-year-old Nîmes convert to Islam, is also suspected of having influenced the assailant: investigators believe that it was through one of his publications on Twitter that Anzorov first saw the video by Brahim Chnina. The young man then contacts this woman and exchanges several messages with her.
According to investigators, this woman with the pseudonym “Sweet Scar” had several contacts in the radical Islamist movement, which she claims not to know for the most part. The public prosecutor asks that she appear at the assizes for criminal terrorist association.
The assizes are also requested for a 21-year-old Russian of Chechen origin and an 18-year-old Frenchman at the material time, suspected of having encouraged the radicalization of Anzorov, in particular on Snapchat groups.
In addition to Brahim Chnina’s daughter, the prosecution is requesting a trial in juvenile court for five other schoolchildren, aged 13 to 15 at the time, for criminal association with a view to preparing aggravated violence.
They are suspected of having designated the professor to his murderer, who had approached them near the college. He had given money to two of them. “The investigation has made it possible to formally establish (their) decisive assistance provided to Abdoullakh Anzorov in the finalization of his deadly project” by designating the teacher to him, according to the requisitions of the Pnat.