A man was sentenced to 15 months in prison by the Pau court, with a committal warrant, for death threats against the anthropologist Florence Bergeaud-Blackler, author of a book on the Muslim Brotherhood, it was reported learned Monday, December 4 from the prosecution.
The public prosecutor Rodolphe Jarry mentioned a “significant sentence” for this 36-year-old defendant, already known to the police and convicted in the past, notably for contempt.
“No threats, no insults will be tolerated, notice to those who attack freedom of research. We are committed to it, justice will prevail”reacted Florence Bergeaud-Blackler on her X account (formerly Twitter).
“Prevention to work”
In his book “Brotherism and its networks”published at the end of January, the anthropologist is interested in the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which she describes as a “action system” aimed at establishing “a global Islamic society”.
The researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) had to be placed under police protection after receiving death threats following the publication of her work.
The postponement in May of a conference by this academic scheduled at the Sorbonne had sparked controversy, with Florence Bergeaud-Blackler deploring a “impediment to working and reporting on (one’s) work”.