Family of French teacher beheaded by refugee files lawsuit against government

Family members of teacher Samuel Paty, who was murdered by a Chechen refugee in 2020, have filed a complaint against the French government for not doing enough to prevent his death.

Virginie Le Roy, the lawyer representing Mr Paty’s parents and two sisters, filed a complaint in Paris this week, claiming the government could have done more to prevent the teacher from being killed on the street in October 2020 Beheaded in a Paris suburb.

The 80-page complaint claims so aims to bring to the prosecutor’s attention facts and omissions that seem to characterize the crime of failure to provide assistance to a person at risk in relation to several officials from the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of National Education, who had to learn about it directly or indirectly the situation by Samuel Paty”, newspaper Le figaro reports.

“I always thought that Samuel Paty could have been saved and that this attack should not have happened,” attorney Le Roy told the newspaper.

“It seems obvious to me that there have been serious dysfunctions at all levels that are to be classified as criminal. These security breach questions are legitimate. We cannot be responsible for the bereaved.”

“Home Office services knew that his name was circulating on the internet, that the college’s name was circulating on social media, and that the college was being threatened. Why wasn’t he put under direct protection?” demanded Le Roy.

Paty has been the subject of a social media campaign by Islamists, including Brahim Chnina, the father of a schoolgirl, who claimed to have attended a class with Paty where he showed class caricatures of the Islamic prophet Mohammed as part of a free speech lesson.

While it was later revealed that the girl lied about being in class at the time, the social media campaign against Paty inspired 18-year-old Chechen refugee Abdullakh Anzorov to seek out Paty, pay students for information about the teacher and then behead him in the street.

Later it also became known that Anzorov had been in direct contact with Chnina via WhatsApp messenger before the attack.

Anzorov had also been in contact with at least one jihadist in Syria before the attack and spoke to the Islamist on Instagram.

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