Date :Saturday, January 16th, 2021 | Time : 15:45 |ID: 193572 | Print

Attorney General to challenge Quebec Mosque shooter sentence in Canada’s supreme court

SHAFAQNA- IQNA: Quebec’s Attorney General and the Crown prosecutor’s office are taking the sentencing of the man who killed six men in a Quebec City Mosque to the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2019, Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced to life in prison for the 2017 attack, with no chance of parole before 40 years. Last November, however, Bissonnette’s parole eligibility period was reduced to 25 years, after Quebec’s Court of Appeal described the original sentence as ”cruel and unusual” and unanimously ruled in favour of the defence’s arguments.

The attorney general and the Crown prosecutor’s office announced plans to appeal the Court of Appeal’s ruling to the Supreme Court in a joint statement released Friday, CBC News reported. The request to have the case heard by the Supreme Court opens the door to a possible ruling on the sentencing provisions that Stephen Harper’s Conservative government introduced in 2011.

Since then, several convicted murderers have been given consecutive life sentences, including Justin Bourque, who is serving a life sentence with no chance of parole for 75 years for killing three RCMP officers in Moncton, N.B., in 2014. Conservative MP and House Leader Gérard Deltell took to Twitter to applaud the decision to take the case to the Supreme Court.

He pointed out that the current Liberal government has not struck down the sentencing provisions allowing for consecutive life sentences. The Quebec City mosque shooting was a mass shooting on the evening of January 29, 2017, at the Islamic Cultural Center, a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighborhood of Quebec City, Canada. Six worshippers were killed and nineteen others injured when Bissonnette opened fire just before 8:00 pm, shortly after the end of evening prayers.

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