Apparently when Brahim Chnina’s video was shown in the mosque in Pantin, a suburb of Paris, it was not accompanied by stout defenses of the freedom of speech and the necessity to obey French law. Will French authorities consider the implications of that? Almost certainly not.
“Refugee Islamist terrorist ‘had links to ISIS’ before beheading teacher in France for showing pupils Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed,” by Jack Wright, Peter Allen and Chris Jewers, Mailonline, October 17, 2020:
After the grisly attack in a north Paris suburb on Friday afternoon, 18-year-old Russian-born Aboulakh Anzorov sent photos of history teacher Samuel Paty’s severed head to Chechen ISIS Telegram channels, where it was then shared widely, the Sunday Times reported.
Meanwhile the prosecutor leading the investigation, Jean-François Ricard, revealed that Anzorov’s half-sister had travelled to join ISIS in Syria in 2014, the same year the group declared its Caliphate.
He added that the suspect, who had been granted a 10-year residency as a refugee in March and was not known to intelligence services, had been armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets.
The killer shared a video online after the attack showing the teacher’s severed head and Anzorov’s confession where he denounced President Emmanuel Macron as the ‘leader of the infidels’.
It emerged yesterday that Anzorov asked pupils at the French school to point out the teacher who had shared a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet nude before targeting him….
A father of a 13-year-old pupil at the secondary school in middle-class Conflans-Sainte-Honorine told Reuters Mr Paty had told any Muslim students to leave because the cartoon would likely cause offence.
However, one pupil stayed behind by mistake, and later told her Muslim parents. They filed a complaint against the teacher and held a meeting with Mr Paty, the school principal and an official from the education authority.
Brahim Chnina, who said his daughter was in the class, branded Mr Paty a thug in a video posted on Twitter sometime in the last week, where he asked the community to complain about his behaviour. The killer is presumed to have seen the video and acted upon it.
Chnina and an Islamic activist friend, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, are among ten people who have been arrested in connection with the attack.
The video sparked community outrage and was shared by a mosque in Pantin, a Parisian suburb. Days later, Mr Paty was stabbed and decapitated in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine 25 miles north west of Paris.
Witnesses said they heard Chechen-born attacker Anzorov shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ – Arabic for God is the Greatest – before he was shot dead by police about 600 yards from the killing.
French anti-terror prosecutors said they were treating the assault as ‘a murder linked to a terrorist organisation’.
Nine people have been arrested, including the parents of a child at the school who had signalled their disagreement with Mr Paty’s decision to show the cartoon, a judicial source said.
Four people were initially detained by police over the murder, but five new people held for questioning are members of Anzorov’s social circle, including his grandparents, parents and 17-year-old brother….