Samuel Paty’s family files a complaint to investigate possible government failure

Samuel Paty’s family has filed a complaint against X for “failing to provide assistance to those in danger” and “failing to prevent crime”.

Prime Minister Jean Castex and the Ministry of National Education, October 16, 2021.
Prime Minister Jean Castex and the Ministry of National Education, October 16, 2021. © AFP / Julien de Rosa

The family of Samuel Paty, who was murdered in October 2020, filed a complaint against X with the Paris prosecutor’s office on Wednesday and found the administration guilty of failing to protect the professor, the lawyer representing the parents told France Inter by Samuel Paty, the information of Liberation confirmed.

“Mistakes were made by both the National Education Service and the Home Office without which Samuel Paty could have been saved,” Me Le Roy told the press.

“Failure to prevent crime and help those at risk”

The advert, which France Inter was able to see, targets the offenses of “failure to prevent crime and failing to provide assistance to vulnerable people” and targets “several officials from the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of National Education” who had directly or indirectly about the situation know about Samuel Paty.

In detail, the more than 80-page, very well-founded complaint is reminiscent of the slow spiral that began with a course on secularism in a college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) in early October 2020 and in the assassination of the 16 of the 47-year-old professor , stabbed and then beheaded, by Abdoullakh Anzorov, a Russian refugee of Chechen origin, who was killed by police shortly afterwards.

The radicalized 18-year-old accused him of showing cartoons of Mohammed in class. In an audio message in Russian, he claimed his gesture and congratulated himself on having “avenged the Prophet.”

For the family, “Samuel Paty, the principal and teachers identified a serious threat to their physical integrity and the safety of the college from October 8 to October 16,” which emerged particularly from media coverage of the case via the Department of Social Services networks by Brahim Chnina, the father of a student who claimed to have attended the course, and by sulfurous Islamist militant Abdelhakim Sefrioui.

But for the family, “the Home Office agents failed to help Samuel Paty,” who “should have enjoyed at least the faintest protection,” and given the “threat” directed at him, an agent or two was what “would have saved him.” The complaint is also directed against several providers of the national education system, for example in the rectorate or in the college.

The family are also calling for a parliamentary inquiry to be opened

“When you have a threat against a teacher whose name is quickly going viral on social media and who is being accused of blasphemy for showing cartoons to students, it is very obvious that we are in extremely sensitive territory and that police protection is essential,” the family lawyer tells France Inter.

“My brother didn’t sacrifice himself, he was sacrificed by everyone who could and should have protected him,” explains Mickaelle, one of Samuel Paty’s two sisters, in Liberation.

A note from Territorial Intelligence

Liberation recalled that ten days passed between the start of the controversy after the teacher’s distribution of the cartoons of Muhammad and the assassination in Conflans-Saint-Honorine. Samuel Paty receives several anonymous threats and two videos are broadcast on the internet, including one by an Islamist militant. In emails obtained by the daily on October 12, the Rectorate’s security adviser estimated that he “no particular concerns” in an email to his superiors. Another note written on October 12 by Yvelines Territorial Intelligence (SDRT78) that no “great tensions are palpable, both on the part of the educational community and the student parents’ association”.

“Reading these elements, it seems clear that the SDRT78 anticipates nothing more than a disturbance of public order in the manner of a rally or demonstration.” writes Liberation.

Four days before the first round of the presidential elections

When asked why this complaint was filed a few days before the presidential election, the lawyer replied to France Inter: “This complaint is anything but political”. She remembers that “Recovery, Samuel Paty’s family has already suffered”.

It’s been a year and a half since Samuel Paty passed away, there was a moment of wonder, sadness, pain. Then it was time for the analysis.

The lawyer accepts this complaint “is not an easy step”. Two letters dated March 25 to the Ministers concerned, Gérald Darmanin and Jean-Michel Blanquer, went unanswered. They had eight days to respond.

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