After the brutal murder of a teacher in France, several people have been convicted of approving statements about the crime, according to media reports. In Besançon, eastern France, a 19-year-old biology student was sentenced to four months in prison for allegedly “defending terrorism,” local newspaper “L’Est Républicain” reported Friday evening.
The woman had commented on the newspaper’s Facebook page under an article that Samuel Paty “deserved” to die. The student was convicted in a quick trial. She will also need to complete a six-month internship to learn about the core values in France, the report said.
The 47-year-old teacher was murdered a week ago in a suburb of Paris, according to investigators, by an 18-year-old and then beheaded. The alleged terrorist with Russian-Chechen roots was later shot dead by security forces. According to previous knowledge, his motive was that Paty had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class.
Among the suspects pre-trial by the judiciary is a father who fueled the vote against Paty online. According to the media, an inmate in Amiens was also sentenced to an eight-month extension of his prison term for making positive comments about the crime.
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27 people arrested for illegal internet content
The 43-year-old said in an interview that Paty “deserved” death, local radio station France Bleu reported. The man was also convicted of “defense of terrorism”. It was announced on Friday that a total of 27 people had been arrested for allegedly illegal internet content following the brutal murder.
The crime had caused horror across the country. Over the weekend, tens of thousands took to the streets to show their solidarity. On Wednesday there was a memorial at the Sorbonne University with Macron. (dpa)