Po­lice de­tain boy, 8, in Char­lie Hebdo case

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - WORLD -

Po­lice de­tained and ques­tioned an 8-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to sup­port the men who at­tacked the satir­i­cal weekly Char­lie Hebdo, drawing crit­i­cism Thurs­day that France’s mea­sures to pre­vent peo­ple from de­fend­ing ter­ror­ism have gone over­board.

Dozens of peo­ple have been ar­rested and ac­cused of de­fend­ing ter­ror­ism since the at­tacks, with some al­ready drawing years-long pri­son terms in spe­cial ex­pe­dited court pro­ceed­ings. But the child from the south­ern city of Nice ap­pears to be the youngest by far.

The boy de­clared “The French must be killed. I am with the ter­ror­ists. The Mus- lims did well, and the jour­nal­ists got what they de­served,” Fa­bi­enne Le­wandowski, deputy direc­tor for public se­cu­rity in the Alpes-Mar­itimes re­gion, told BFM tele­vi­sion. She said the child also re­fused to take part in the na­tional minute of si­lence for the vic­tims on Jan. 9.

The storm­ing of the news- pa­per of­fices left 12 peo­ple dead and launched three days of ter­ror in the Paris re­gion that killed a to­tal of 20 peo­ple, in­clud­ing the gun­men. The school direc­tor brought a com­plaint against the child on Jan. 21 and he was ques­tioned that day with his fa­ther and a lawyer present.

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