The trial of eight adults accused of being involved in the assassination of Professor Samuel Paty will be held at the end of 2024 before the Special Assize Court of Paris. Six minors also accused will be tried behind closed doors before the juvenile court from the end of November.
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It is at the end of 2024, from November 12 to December 20, that the trial of eight adults accused of being involved in the assassination of Professor Samuel Paty by a young jihadist in 2020 will be held before the Special Assize Court of Paris. AFP learned from a judicial source on Friday October 27.
In this case which caused immense excitement in France and abroad, six minors also involved will also be tried before the children’s court from the end of November this year.
Adults will appear before the specially composed assize court. In the front row: the two friends of the attacker Abdoullakh Anzorov – who was killed by the police – Azim Epsirkhanov and Naïm Boudaoud, suspected of having had precise knowledge of Abdoullakh Anzorov’s terrorist project, and who will answer for complicity terrorist assassination, the most serious offense.
These two residents of Évreux (Eure) had accompanied him to buy weapons, and Naïm Boudaoud had also transported him to the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine college on the day of the events.
Brahim Chnina, father of the schoolgirl at the origin of the controversy over lessons taught by Samuel Paty and his presentation of caricatures of Mohammed, and the Islamist activist Abdelhakim Sefrioui, author of videos on social networks which had drawn attention to the professor, will for their part be tried for criminal terrorist association.
Four other adults will also be tried for criminal terrorist association: Priscilla Mangel, a woman converted to Islam linked on Twitter with the assassin in the days preceding the attack, and three other men implicated to varying degrees.
Six minors tried behind closed doors
On October 16, 2020, the 47-year-old history and geography teacher was stabbed and then beheaded near his college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) by Abdoullakh Anzorov, a Russian refugee of Chechen origin. This 18-year-old radicalized Islamist was killed immediately by the police.
Abdoullakh Anzorov criticized the professor for having shown caricatures of Mohammed in class, during a course on freedom of expression. In an audio message in Russian, he claimed responsibility for his action by congratulating himself on having “avenged the Prophet”.
The anti-terrorism magistrates had estimated in their indictment order that his “motive” was “revenge for an offense that he considered to have been done to his prophet, which deserved a death sentence for the professor, desired by his god and his religion.
The six minors involved in the case will be tried soon, behind closed doors, from November 27 to December 8 by the children’s court. Five of them will appear for conspiracy to commit aggravated violence. Brahim Chnina’s daughter will be tried for slanderous denunciation.