French police at the scene of the murder of Samuel Paty, a teacher. Screenshot of the video by FRANCE 24

20 October 2020, 18:39

Lawyers believe that Chechen fighters' posts in support of Anzorov are punishable

The posts by Chechen MMA fighters in support of Abdulak Anzorov, who is accused of assassinating the French teacher, Samuel Paty, give grounds for initiating a criminal case, lawyers assert.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Russian mixed martial art (MMA) fighters, Zelim Imadaev and Albert Duraev supported the alleged teacher's killer in Paris, but then deleted their Instagram posts. The alleged killer is a Russian citizen of Chechen origin, the 18-year-old Abdulak Anzorov, who lived in France.

According to the lawyer, Alexander Karavaev, the fact that the fighters have deleted their posts does not relieve them of responsibility.

Galina Arapova, Director of the Centre for the Protection of Media Rights, believes that fighters' statements can be qualified as justification of terrorism.

Meanwhile, French authorities have launched more than 80 investigations into the incitement of hatred on the Internet after the murder of Paty, and are preparing to extradite 231 radicals from the country, the Deutsche Welle reports.

In total, 22,000 people are under the supervision of the French special services, presumably, associated with radical Islam, of whom 8000 are active. About 600 of them are the foreigners, who are in an illegal status; many of them are in prisons pending deportation.

Let us remind you that the Association of Natives of Chechnya in Europe has condemned the teacher's murder.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on October 20, 2020 at 05:00 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Gor Alexanyan; Source: CK correspondent

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