It started on 4 June in Paris and ended today, Wednesday 7 July, the trial against 13 people accused of death threats and cyberbullying against Mila, a French high school girl who lives under guard because she posted offensive comments and videos online about Islam.
The French court sentenced 11 of the 13 defendants. One of the 13 was acquitted because his post – “Blow it up” – was directed to Mila’s Twitter account, not the young woman. The court dismissed the case against another defendant for lack of procedure. The penalties established by the court range from four to six months of imprisonment and fines of around 1,700 euros each.
But what happened? The story originates in early 2020 when Mila insults Islam for the first time on social media and then returns to the office with a video in which she uses vulgar expressions against Allah.
The insults of the young woman would have been born following a clash with a boy: on January 19, 2020, on Instagram, Mila he had rejected the advances of a “persistent” Muslim boy. At first politely, then the two transcend, she declares herself homosexual, he and his friends start insulting her, they call her “dirty lesbian” and “French shit”, she loses her temper and responds with a video in which she declares to hate all the religions but in particular Islam: “Your religion is only m…, your God? I put my finger in… Thanks and goodbye ”. From there the insults of the boys and the death threats. One of them had promised the girl to make her do it the end of Samuel Paty, the professor slaughtered by a Chechen Islamist fanatic.
The defendants, who are between 18 and 35 years old and come from all over France, are only a small part of the many users who had replied to Mila but who have not yet been traced. The allegations came after the 18-year-old was forced to change schools and accept police protection.
The story has had great echo in France, where President Emmanuel Macron also openly sided, saying: “The law is clear: in France we have the right to blasphemy, to criticize religion”.