۳۰ بهمن ۱۳۹۸ |۲۵ جمادی‌الثانی ۱۴۴۱ | Feb 19, 2020
Lawyers debate Quebec mosque shooter's sentence again, ahead of painful anniversary

On the eve of the third anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting, lawyers will begin arguing whether the shooter's prison sentence 40 years without parole is too light and imperils Canadians, or too harsh and violates his charter rights.

Hawzah News Agency (Quebec - Canada) - Both the Crown and the defence are appealing the shooter's sentence of 40 years without parole.

On the eve of the third anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting, lawyers will begin arguing whether the shooter's prison sentence  40 years without parole is too light and imperils Canadians, or too harsh and violates his charter rights.

Alexandre Bissonnette's lawyers and attorneys for the Crown are both appealing the sentence Bissonnette was given last year. Each side will present their arguments in Quebec City on Monday before justices of the Quebec Court of Appeal.

Bissonnette's original sentence followed his pleading guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder, representing the victims of his Jan. 29, 2017, attack on a mosque in suburban Quebec City.

In handing down the sentence, Superior Court Judge François Huot had the option of giving Bissonnette the longest prison sentence in Canadian history.

Under a Criminal Code reform passed by Stephen Harper's Conservative government, Huot could have ordered the shooter serve his six life sentences consecutively. That would have meant a 150-year sentence before Bissonnette could apply for parole.  

But Huot took the controversial step of ruling that amended section of Criminal Code (745.51) unconstitutional. He gave Bissonnette five concurrent 25-year sentences.

To that, he added an unusual 15-year term for the sixth count of first-degree murder.

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