Six French teenagers on trial over teacher’s murder.
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Six French teenagers on trial over teacher’s murder.

The alleged murder of a teacher, Samuel Paty, has put six teenagers on trial in Paris.

At the school, the children are accused of slandering Mr Paty and pointing out his killer, a Chechen refugee.

When they were killed in 2020, they were 13 to 15 years old, and the trial took place in secret.

On Monday, the suspects, who face up to 2.5 years in prison, hid their identities when they arrived at the juvenile court.

On 16 October 2020, Mr Paty was killed after showing students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a class on freedom of expression.

A 13-year-old suspect was the youngest suspect at the time of the killing. For reasons unrelated to the case, she was suspended from school nine days before Mr Paty was murdered.

It was reported by AFP that she arrived at the court with her head completely concealed in a down jacket’s hood.

As a result, she allegedly untruthfully told her father that she had been disciplined for confronting Mr Paty over the alleged request that Muslim students leave the class.

It turned out that she had been absent from the class in question. In spite of this, her father posted videos to social media calling for Mr Paty to be fired.

According to prosecutors, the videos inspired Chechen Abdoullakh Anzorov to commit murder around 80km (50 miles) away from Normandy, near Paris, in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

At the scene, police shot and killed Anzorov, who was 18 years old at the time.

For a payment of €300 (£260), the other five suspects helped Anzorov identify Mr Paty at the school. The man said Anzorov told him he wanted to film Mr Paty apologizing about displaying caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.