A 22-year-old young man of Chechen origin living in Blois was indicted on Sunday for "apologizing for terrorist acts" through social networks and placed in detention.

Known to the justice services, the man had already been convicted in 2017 for similar facts. 

A 22-year-old young man, of Chechen origin and living in Blois, was indicted Sunday for "apologizing for terrorist acts" through social networks and placed in detention, announced Sunday the public prosecutor of Blois Frédéric Chevallier in a press release. 

Sentenced for acts of apology for terrorist acts after

Charlie Hebdo

After Samuel Paty's death, this young man, born in Russia, was identified after comments made on a Twitter account using a pseudonym.

He was already known to the justice services to have been "sentenced in 2017, when he was a minor, for acts of defending terrorist acts, following the

Charlie Hebdo


in January 2015," said Frédéric Knight.

According to the prosecution, the investigations made it possible to bring to light "exchanges and writings which may characterize acts of apology".

The young man had notably "liked" on his Twitter account the photograph of Samuel Paty.


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Many weapons at his home

A search of his home also uncovered numerous weapons and knives.

During his custody, the person challenged "any radicalization".

"At the end of the numerous investigations carried out in the time of the police custody, the young man was referred this Sunday morning, October 25, 2020 before the magistrate of the public prosecutor's office of Blois who opened a judicial investigation of the chief of apology for terrorist acts aggravated by the circumstance that these facts were committed using an online public communication service. Charged on this count by the investigating magistrate on duty, he was, on compliant requests from the prosecution, placed in pre-trial detention, "a added the parquet.

Samuel Paty, professor of history and geography in a college in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, in the Yvelines, was beheaded on October 16 by an 18-year-old refugee of Chechen Russian origin, Abdoullakh Anzorov.