French authorities have accused three more suspects in the murder of French history teacher Samuel Patty, according to a report.
The 47-year-old Patty was depicted last month in the Paris suburb of Conflance-Sante-Honoraine, discussing freedom of expression in a class discussion after showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad’s students. His killer, Abdullakh Anjorov, 18, was shot by police.
Cartoons went on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in September to mark the beginning of a 2015 assault trial on magazine employees by gunmen.
French police say the two detained people, both 18 – one is French and one of Russian-Chechen origin – were in contact with Pati’s killer, Anjorov. A 17-year-old woman has also been accused of being in contact with one of the two men. He is currently in a youth detention center. According to AFP, the three were detained in different regions of France on charges of “criminal terrorist conspiracy”.
Ten people have been charged so far in connection with the murder, including a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old accused who pointed to Pati as her killer.
Patty’s murder sparked outrage in France, prompting French President Emanuel Macron to declare action on Islamist terrorism.