A 13-year-old schoolgirl confessed that she lied about a French teacher who was beheaded after showing his class cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, according to the girl’s lawyer. Samuel Paty, a secondary school teacher in a town near Paris, was killed last October by a radical Chechen teenager after showing the cartoons to students during a civics class about free speech.
The unidentified girl told police that she lied about being in the class and falsely accused Paty of asking Muslim children to leave the class while he showed the pictures.
Her father, who has been charged in connection with the murder, posted several incendiary videos on Facebook based on his daughter’s testimony which identified Paty.
“Everything in the investigation showed very early that she lied,” the Paty family’s lawyer Virginie Le Roy told RTL radio on Tuesday.
She said she was “skeptical” of the version of events recounted by the girl. On Monday, the girl’s lawyer, Mbeko Tabula, told AFP, “She lied because she felt trapped in a spiral because her classmates had asked her to be a spokesperson.”
Le Roy added, “A spokesperson of what? Of lies, of events that never happened? This explanation does not convince me and makes me rather angry because the facts are serious, they’re tragic.”