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Canada Quebec City mosque shooter seeks right to parole after 25 years

14:15  11 april  2018
14:15  11 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Alexandre Bissonnette watched videos of mass murders before Quebec City mosque attack, court learns

  Alexandre Bissonnette watched videos of mass murders before Quebec City mosque attack, court learns Alexandre Bissonnette watched videos of mass murders before Quebec City mosque attack, court learns Alexandre Bissonnette also entered online search terms for mass murderer Dylann Roof 201 times between Jan. 1, 2017 and Jan. 29, 2017 — the day of the attack.

The Quebec City mosque shooting (French: Attentat de la grande mosquée de Québec ) was a mass shooting that occurred on the evening of January 29, 2017

At a sentencing hearing that begins today, Alexandre Bissonnette’s lawyers will be asking that their client be eligible for parole after 25 years , despite a controversial federal law that could see the judge decide to keep him behind bars for up to 150 years.

a group of people standing in a room: Alexandre Bissonnette is escorted to a van after appearing in court for the deadly shooting at a mosque, Monday, January 30, 2017 in Quebec City.© Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press Alexandre Bissonnette is escorted to a van after appearing in court for the deadly shooting at a mosque, Monday, January 30, 2017 in Quebec City.

The lawyers defending Alexandre Bissonnette want their client to be eligible for parole once he's served 25 years behind bars.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty on March 28 to the first-degree murders of six men after going on a shooting rampage on Jan. 29, 2017, inside a Quebec City mosque. He also pleaded guilty to six counts of attempted murder.

Bissonnette's sentencing hearing begins at the Quebec City courthouse today. The hearing was postponed by one day over legal arguments about whether surveillance footage from inside the mosque the night of the attack should be made public .

Quebec mosque shooting: Judge refuses to release security camera videos

  Quebec mosque shooting: Judge refuses to release security camera videos A judge has turned down a request to broadcast footage from the Quebec City mosque from the night Alexandre Bissonnette killed six people there. Judge François Huot announced his decision Wednesday.A consortium of seven media outlets, including the Montreal Gazette, had requested permission to broadcast the videos.Huot is presiding over the trial of Alexandre Bissonnette, who last month admitted he walked into the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec on Jan. 29, 2017, and killed six Muslim men as evening prayers were ending.

At a sentencing hearing that begins today, Alexandre Bissonnette's lawyers will be asking that their client be eligible for parole after 25 years , despite a controversial federal law that could see the judge decide to keep him behind bars for up to 150 years.

29, 2017 shooting . Quebec Superior Court Justice François Huot must decide whether Bissonnette will be eligible for parole after 25 years , or not at all. Videos of fatal mosque attack show shooter reload as victims seek cover.

Also Wednesday, before the sentencing hearing, Quebec Superior Court Justice François Huot will render his decision on whether images captured on surveillance cameras inside the mosque the night of the deadly shooting.will be released.

A media consortium, which includes CBC News, is requesting access to the series of images.

Jean-François Côté, the lawyer representing the seven media outlets, said there is no intention to publish the video in its entirety but argued it was important to have access to the images, based on the public's right to transparent information.

Even if Justice Huot rules in favour of the media's request, the Crown could decide to withdraw the video from its list of evidence to prevent its publication altogether.

Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette trawled Trump's Twitter feed

  Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette trawled Trump's Twitter feed He was reading news about the U.S. president on a daily basis, according to evidence presented at his sentencing hearing in Quebec City Monday.QUEBEC — Evidence from Alexandre Bissonnette’s computer presented in court Monday indicates the Quebec mosque shooter was obsessed with U.S. President Donald Trump, Muslims, Dylann Roof, mass shootings and feminists.

Evidence presented at the sentencing hearing for the man who killed six Muslim men in a mass shooting at a Quebec City mosque last year shows that he was obsessively reading news about Donald Trump and opinions from right -wing pundits and conspiracy theorists in the weeks leading up

The parents of the 28- year -old man who opened fire on worshippers in a Quebec City mosque , killing six men and injuring more than a After pleading guilty to six counts of first degree murder in March, Alexandre Bissonnette is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole for up to 150 years .

'Death by incarceration'

Lawyers will be presenting their sentencing arguments over the next three weeks to determine a sentence for the six first-degree murder charges to which Bissonnette pleaded guilty in March.

A first-degree murder conviction comes with an automatic life sentence, with no eligibility for parole for 25 years.

However, Bissonnette is facing the possibility of never being released from prison, if he is handed six life sentences back-to-back with no chance of parole.

Alexandre Bissonnette ‘regrets’ not shooting more people in Quebec mosque attack

  Alexandre Bissonnette ‘regrets’ not shooting more people in Quebec mosque attack Alexandre Bissonnette ‘regrets’ not shooting more people in Quebec mosque attackKiller Alexandre Bissonnette told a prison social worker he regrets not killing more people on the night of the deadly Quebec City mosque shooting.

When he announced plans to build a Muslim cemetery on city land six months after the attack, his car was set on fire. He blamed far- right groups and A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A8 of the New York edition with the headline: Quebec Mosque Shooter Shakes a Tolerant Canada’s

Last month in Quebec , 28- year -old Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and now faces up to 150 years in prison for the deadly attack in which 19 people MORE: Breitbart News Quebec City Quebec City Mosque Shooting Ben Shapiro Right Wing Terrorism.

Lawyer Charles-Olivier Gosselin wants his client to serve his six life terms all at once, instead of consecutively.

a group of people posing for the camera: The six victims of the Quebec Mosque shooting, clockwise from left: Mamadou Tanou Barry, Azzeddine Soufiane, Abdelkrim Hassane, Ibrahima Barry, Aboubaker Thabti and Khaled Belkacem© CBC The six victims of the Quebec Mosque shooting, clockwise from left: Mamadou Tanou Barry, Azzeddine Soufiane, Abdelkrim Hassane, Ibrahima Barry, Aboubaker Thabti and Khaled Belkacem

If ​Justice Huot chooses consecutive sentences, Bissonnette will have received the harshest prison sentence in Canadian history since the abolition of the death penalty in 1976 — 150 years behind bars with no chance of parole.

Mosque killer wanted more victims: report

  Mosque killer wanted more victims: report Mosque killer wanted more victims: reportIn her report tabled by the Crown, social worker Guylaine Cayouette said Alexandre Bissonnette told her he had idolized serial killers since his adolescence and he wanted to make a splash of his own.

Media captionAymen Derbali faces a new life after being paralysed in a 2017 Quebec mosque shooting . A first-degree murder conviction in Canada carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years .

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This would not have been an option before 2011, when Stephen Harper's Conservative government passed a controversial law allowing for consecutive sentences in the case of someone convicted of multiple murders.

Gosselin intends to challenge the constitutionality of the article, based on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which protects Canadians against "cruel and unusual" punishment.

In a letter of intent delivered to Huot and the Crown last week, the defence argued not allowing Bissonnette to hold onto the "hope" he will one day be released from prison would deny him the right to human dignity and would amount to "sentencing him to death by incarceration."

Furthermore, Gosselin plans to oppose the possibility of a 50-year period before parole eligibility, based on the argument that this would rob Bissonnette of any chance at rehabilitation, a fundamental aspect of Canadian law.

Alexandre Bissonnette's defence lawyer, Charles-Olivier Gosselin, said he will present constitutional arguments to the sentencing judge, to avoid consecutive life sentences for his client.© Julia Page/CBC Alexandre Bissonnette's defence lawyer, Charles-Olivier Gosselin, said he will present constitutional arguments to the sentencing judge, to avoid consecutive life sentences for his client.

"The impact of this kind of sentence would be disproportionate to what is reasonable, to the point where Canadians could consider the sentence to be odious and intolerable," Gosselin wrote.

Quebec mosque shooting: Even before attack, Muslims were living in fear

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Lawyers for the man who shot dead six men at a Quebec City mosque will argue their client should receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years .

At a police briefing Monday morning, Quebec City police Insp. Denis Turcotte said another man called 911 at 8:10 p.m. Sunday — 25 minutes after the shooting . Pig's head left on front steps of Quebec City mosque last year .

Bissonnette will also be sentenced on six counts of attempted murder. Forty people witnessed him fire bullets at worshippers gathered inside the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre, five of whom were severely injured.

After the guilty plea was entered, Crown prosecutor Thomas Jacques said he wouldn't disclose any information before the sentencing hearings take place.

"We will limit ourselves to say the [Justice] Ministry will demand a sentence that reflects the magnitude of the crime committed," Jacques said.

Bissonnette's trial was initially expected to last several weeks but was unexpectedly cut short when he entered a guilty plea, surprising many after he had initially pleaded not guilty on all charges.

Parents of Quebec mosque shooter are collateral victims, judge says .
Parents of Quebec mosque shooter are collateral victims, judge saysQUEBEC — Alexandre Bissonnette has shown little emotion over almost six days of his sentencing hearing.

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