Marine Le Pen is ordered by a judge to undergo psychiatric testing to see if she is ‘capable of understanding remarks’ after she tweeted ISIS propaganda images

Thursday, September 20, 2018
By Paul Martin

Marine Le Pen charged after tweeting ISIS torture and decapitation images
If found guilty she may be jailed for three years and fined £65,000
Judges in Paris have ordered Le Pen to undergo a psychiatric assessment
Questioning capability of ‘understanding remarks and answering questions’

By PETER ALLEN
DAILYMAIL.COM
20 September 2018

French judges have ordered far-fight politician Marine Le Pen to undergo psychiatric tests as part of a criminal case that could see her imprisoned for up to three years.

Le Pen is facing charges relating to a series of tweets in which she posted ISIS propaganda pictures of victims of torture and executions.

According to a court document, published by Le Pen herself, the judge wants a psychiatrist to assess if she suffers from any mental illness and, if so, if that could have affected her understanding of what she was doing when she posted the tweets.

The expert is also tasked with determining whether her mental health could be a risk to the public.

The Paris court today declined to confirm it had ordered the evaluation but said the assessments were a normal part of such probes.

The 50-year-old politician has been charged with ‘violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity, and that can be viewed by minors.’

If found guilty she could be sentenced to up to three years in prison, and receive a fine equivalent to more than £65,000.

She had used her Twitter account to post Islamic State torture pictures, including ones of the decapitated body of American journalist James Foley.

Journalist Foley was abducted by ISIS in northwestern Syria in November 2012, and beheaded by the terrorist group in August 2014.

Le Pen’s tweets infuriated the Foley family, but Le Pen later claimed: ‘I am being charged with condemning the horrors of Daesh [ISIS]. In other countries this would have earned a medal’.

The court in the Paris suburb of Nanterre reportedly now wants a psychiatrist to establish whether Le Pen, who came second to Emmanuel Macron in last year’s presidential elections, ‘is capable of understanding remarks and answering questions.’

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