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Case of accused in Quebec City mosque shootings to resume March 30

Accused mosque shooter makes court appearance
WATCH ABOVE: Alexandre Bissonnette, the man charged in last month’s mosque shootings in Quebec City, made a brief court appearance Tuesday morning. Raquel Fletcher reports.

The case of the man charged with murder in last month’s mosque shootings in Quebec City will resume March 30.

Alexandre Bissonnette appeared in court this morning as the Crown handed over evidence to the defence lawyer.

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Bissonnette faces six counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder using a restricted firearm, although authorities have refused to specify what type of firearm was used in the mass shooting.

The charges are in connection with the Jan. 29 deaths of Mamadou Tanou Barry, Ibrahima Barry, Azzeddine Soufiane, Abdelkrim Hassane, Khaled Belkacemi and Aboubaker Thabti.

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The six victims, aged between 39 and 60, were killed when a gunman stormed the mosque and opened fire on men who were attending prayer.

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The Muslim community has in the past and again today shown Bissonnette enormous compassion.

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The vice-president of the mosque where the worshipers were killed, said it was hard for him to watch the court proceedings, as a young man risks spending the rest of his life in prison.

“He face a big crime like that. He broke his life for nothing. For what? For hating others. Why?” Mohamed Labidi asked.

 

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–With files from the Canadian Press

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