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Seven People Handed Over On Teacher Beheading

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 21 October 2020

FILE PHOTO: A man waves a French national flag during a silent march to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the French teacher who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France, October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Lucien Libert

Seven people including two minors handed over to judge.

Security // BLUF: Seven people, including two minors, were handed over to a judge overnight as part of an ongoing investigation into the beheading of a French teacher.

The teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded in broad daylight on 16 October outside of his school. The attacker, an 18 year old male of Chechen origin, was killed by police.

The attacker had reportedly carried out the attack as revenge for Paty showing cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammed in a class on freedom of speech.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 21 October 2020

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FYSA: Seven people, including two minors, were handed over to a judge overnight as part of an ongoing investigation into last week’s murder of French teacher Samuel Paty, an official from the anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office said. Paty was beheaded on Oct. 16 in broad daylight outside his school in a middle-class Paris suburb by an 18-year-old of Chechen origin. Police shot the attacker dead. Investigators say the teenager had sought to avenge his victim’s use of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. A school parent who had posted a video accusing the teacher of using the caricatures in class was among the seven presented to the judge. Richard Ferrand, speaker of the lower house of parliament and a former teacher, told BFM television that parents should “stay out of schools and leave teachers alone. One must hand back full authority to the teachers.” Prosecutors have said the attacker had approached pupils outside the school asked them to identify Paty as he left for home. Two of those pupils were among those presented to the judge, as was Islamist militant Abdelhakim Sefrioui from the Cheikh Yassine Collective, whose closure could be decided later in the day by the French cabinet. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

FYSA: A Chinese soldier apprehended by the Indian army earlier this week after he strayed across a tense de facto border was handed back to China on Tuesday night, an Indian government source in New Delhi said on Wednesday. The People’s Liberation Army soldier had been captured on Monday in the Demchok area of eastern Ladakh, according to a statement from the Indian army. The nuclear-armed neighbours have been locked in a months-long border confrontation in the Ladakh region, amassing thousands of troops there after a deadly clash in June. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

FYSA: Thailand’s tourist industry took a modest step toward reviving its coronavirus-battered fortunes Tuesday by welcoming 39 visitors who flew in from Shanghai, the first such arrivals since regular travelers were banned almost seven months ago. The visitors who arrived at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport are pioneers in a “Special Tourist Visa” program devised by Thai authorities to restore step by step a sector of the economy that welcomed almost 40 million foreign visitors last year and by some estimates accounts for more than 10% of the country’s GDP. China was a natural choice for restarting tourism. Thailand was one of the top overseas destinations for Chinese tourists in 2019, when they accounted for by far the largest number of visitors to Thailand by nationality. Just as crucial is that China has largely contained the virus domestically, in sharp contrast to other countries. (AP. See link in heading for further reading)

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