A French school girl has reportedly admitted lying about a teacher who was beheaded after her comments sparked a hate campaign.
History teacher Samuel Paty was murdered on the street by 18-year-old Aboulakh Anzorov last year.
The 47-year-old was beheaded at the gates of the college, where he was teaching in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine north of Paris.
His murder followed an online campaign by Muslim parents who were angry with him for showing students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
The teacher had used the Charlie Hebdo magazine cartoons as part of a class on the importance of free speech.
The police shot and killed the attacker Anzorov not far from Mr. Paty’s body shortly after the murder.
It was later discovered that an unnamed 13-year-old girl had told her father that the high school teacher showed a picture of the Prophet Muhammad during a free speech lesson.
It was said that Mr. Paty asked Muslim students to leave before showing the picture that appeared in the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The portrayal of Mohammad with his buttocks was published by the satirical magazine that featured a fatal attack in 2015 by an al-Qaeda-linked shooter.
Twelve people were murdered in the publication’s offices in Paris after terrorists accused them of blasphemy before being gunned down themselves.
It has now been confirmed that the school girl did not attend the class and that she was sick at the time. Mail online reports.
Mbeko Tabula, her lawyer, told AFP: “She lied because she felt trapped in a spiral about her classmates asking her to be a spokesperson.”
Prosecutors said after the murder that there was a connection between the online incitement to the teacher and his eventual murder.
It was further reported that the girl is now charged with defamation and that her father and an Islamist preacher are charged with complicity in the murder.