France: 11 convicted of cyberbullying teen who slammed Islam

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PARIS (AP) — A French court has convicted 11 of 13 people charged with harassing and threatening a teenager who harshly criticized Islam in online posts and ended up changing schools and receiving police protection to preserve her safety. The verdict delivered Wednesday came in a trial in Paris that was the first of its kind since France created a new court in January to prosecute online crimes, including harassment and discrimination. The court sentenced the defendants to suspended prison terms of four to six months and fined them about $1,770 each. The teen’s lawyer said received some 100,000 threatening messages, including death threats, rape threats, misogynist messages and hateful comments about her sexual orientation. 

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