A year and a half after the assassination of Samuel Paty on October 16, 2020 in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines), the parents and sisters of the history and geography professor filed a complaint this Wednesday with the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office on behalf of the Ministries of the Interior and the National Ministry of Education “Failure to assist a person in danger and failure to prevent a crime”.
This approach, shared by neither the wife nor the son of Samuel Paty, comes after two requests for explanations were sent by the professor’s family to Gérald Darmanin and Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister of the Interior and National Education. Two requests have remained a dead letter so far, according to Liberation, the source of this information.
Four days before the first round of presidential elections, this complaint on an issue related to separatism and Islamist terrorism also has a political dimension that has not escaped Eric Zemmour. “Who will do justice to Samuel Paty’s family? Who will bring justice to Jérémy Cohen’s family? Does it have to be the victims’ families screaming murderous nonchalance so that we can finally listen? asked the far-right candidate on Twitter this Wednesday, also referring to the death of a young man of Jewish faith in Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis) in February.
Complainants point to the ineffectiveness of secret services
“We should not see any political or electoral connection in filing our complaint,” hesitates Me Virginie Le Roy, the lawyer for Samuel Paty’s relatives. It took us time to collect the necessary documents and information, then time to analyze them, that’s all. In addition, the family benefits from the tireless support of the Presidency of the Republic and is very sensitive to it. »
In the matter, the Paris criminal lawyer points out in particular that the secret services underestimated the danger. Following the October 6, 2020 course in which Samuel Paty showed the caricature of Muhammad, a controversy is simmering among certain parents of the Muslim faith at Bois-d’Aulne College. She is supported by a militant Islamist, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, and a father, Brahim Chnina, who has accused the history and geography teacher of discrimination and claimed that his daughter was kicked out of the classroom on the pretext that she was Muslim.
Anonymous death threats against Samuel Paty are increasing on the networks. On October 12, Yvelines Territorial Intelligence issued a reassuring note that at no time provided for a threat to the professor’s physical integrity. However, the general context is not trivial. At the same time, the trial on the January 2015 attacks was taking place, which was aimed in particular at the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo.
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In addition, in their complaint, Samuel Paty’s relatives underline the inefficiency of the intelligence services, which were unable to identify the profile of the assassin, the young Chechen Abdoullakh Anzorov, but were active on Twitter in the weeks leading up to his attack. Finally, the plaintiffs allege negligence on the part of the Deputy Academic Director of the National Education Services, who minimized several red flags from the university’s rector.