the indictment of Islamist activist Sefrioui confirmed on appeal

Abdelhakim Sefrioui, sentenced for complicity in Assassination

The Paris Court of Appeal on Monday confirmed the indictment (indictment) of Islamist activist Abdelhakim Sefrioui for “complicity in the assassination” of Professor Samuel Paty in October, sources familiar with the matter told AFP.

The Court of Appeal rejected the request of Mr. Sefrioui, 62, who argued before the investigating chamber the nullity of his custody but especially of his indictment in October for “complicity in assassination in relation with a terrorist enterprise “, a heavy qualification. Her lawyer, Me Elise Arfi, told AFP that she intended to lodge an appeal against this decision.

Mr. Sefrioui is accused of having, with the parent of student Brahim Chnina whom he contacted, “target” Samuel Paty before the assassination via a video and thus of having “facilitated the definition of a criminal project” by Abdoullakh Anzorov, a Chechen refugee. Me Arfi had pleaded during a hearing on May 31 that “no link had ever been established between (his) client and the terrorist (…), he did not know him”. It is “a fundamental question of law: how can one be an accomplice of an agent whom one does not know, whom one has never seen, with whom one has never communicated?”, She had. highlighted. It noted in its request that there was no proof, at this stage of the investigations, that Abdoullakh Anzorov had seen the video of Mr. Sefrioui.

The general prosecutor’s office of the Court of Appeal opposed this request for nullity because “this video was undoubtedly intended to provoke against Mr. (Samuel) Paty reactions other than simple demonstrations or administrative sanctions” . Samuel Paty, 47, was beheaded on October 16 near his college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) by Abdoullakh Anzorov, killed shortly after by the police.

In this case, fifteen people are indicted, including six college students. The last, a 33-year-old woman arrested on June 22 in Nîmes, was arrested on Friday for “terrorist criminal association”.

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