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World Suspect in Quebec City mosque slayings pleads guilty

22:22  28 march  2018
22:22  28 march  2018 Source:   france24.com

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The man accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque has changed his mind and pleaded guilty . Alexandre Bissonnette originally pleaded not guilty to the 12 charges Monday morning but that afternoon announced he wanted to plead guilty .

QUEBEC CITY -- The man accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque has changed his mind and pleaded guilty . Alexandre Bissonnette originally pleaded not guilty to the 12 charges Monday morning but that afternoon announced he wanted to plead guilty . © Provided by France 24

a person wearing a hat: AFP | An undated selfie of mosque killings' suspect Alexandre Bissonnette.© Provided by France 24 EN AFP | An undated selfie of mosque killings' suspect Alexandre Bissonnette. The man accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque has changed his mind and pleaded guilty. A Superior Court justice refused to accept the pleas Monday pending a psychiatric assessment.

Alexandre Bissonnette originally pleaded not guilty to the 12 charges Monday morning but that afternoon announced he wanted to plead guilty.

Superior Court Justice Francois Huot refused to accept the pleas Monday pending a psychiatric assessment of the accused to ensure he fully understood the consequences of his decision. Huot placed a publication ban on Monday afternoon's proceedings but agreed Wednesday to accept the 12 guilty pleas.

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The man accused in the slayings at a Quebec City mosque last year pleaded not guilty Monday to six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. Wearing handcuffs and shackles, Alexandre Bissonnette entered the 12 not- guilty pleas in Quebec Superior Court ahead of pre-trial

QUEBEC CITY -- The man accused in the slayings of six men at a Quebec City mosque has changed his mind and pleaded guilty . Alexandre Bissonnette originally pleaded not guilty to the 12 charges Monday morning but that afternoon announced he wanted to plead guilty .

Bissonnette faced six charges of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder. More than 50 people were at the Islamic Cultural Centre in January 2017 when the shooting began during evening prayers. Six men aged between 39 and 60 were killed.

Bissonnette said he didn't want the families to have to "relive the tragedy."

Bissonnette told Huot on Monday he had been thinking for some time of pleading guilty but that he was missing certain pieces of evidence, which were relayed Sunday.

"In my heart, it's the decision I've made," Bissonnette said.

When Huot asked him if he was fully aware of what he was doing, Bissonnette replied, "Yes."

Huot asked Bissonnette whether he knew he would be getting a life sentence and he answered, "I understand."

Jury selection was scheduled to start April 3 and the trial to last two months.

Many members of Quebec City's Muslim community were present in court Monday and Wednesday.

(AP)

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