Magistrates might indict three youngsters on Friday as a part of the prison investigation into the homicide of Samuel Paty, the trainer killed on October 16 exterior a college within the Paris suburbs.

Two males, aged 18, and a 17-year-old lady had been arrested on Tuesday and magistrates plan to indict them for “prison affiliation” with Paty”s killer right this moment, AFP reported, citing judicial sources.

Paty was murdered amidst a row over a category he taught throughout which he confirmed his pupils caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, initially printed by satirical journal Charlie Hebdo.

At the very least one of many youngsters is suspected of getting exchanged messages with the killer, an 18-year-old refugee from Chechnya, who was shot lifeless by police.

Islam prohibits photographs of the prophet, asserting that they result in idolatry, and the re-publication of the photographs in September has led to 3 assaults by Muslim extremists in 2020, together with Paty’s homicide.

The assaults have led to a strong debate in France over free speech, with President Emmanuel Macron describing Paty because the “embodiment” of the French Republic.

However the row has additionally infected tensions within the Muslim world, resulting in mass protests. Effigies of Macron had been burned within the streets in Dhaka, Bangladesh, this week whereas in Iran the authorities unveiled monumental billboards that branded the French president “the satan of Paris”.

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