Man who shot six Muslims at Quebec mosque freed
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, TRENTON — The man who shot dead six Muslims in Quebec Mosque City will be eligible for parole after 25 years. This is based on the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada.
The perpetrator of this mass murder was André Bissonnette, a 27-year-old man, who shot dead six worshipers at the Center Culturel Islamique de Québec and injured 19 others on January 29, 2017.
He was sentenced in 2019 to 40 years in prison before being eligible for parole. The defense and prosecutors appealed the conviction. The first argued that the detention period should be reduced to 25 years. While the second called for tougher parole decisions for 50 years.
The Canadian court recognized that the shooting was a horror that left deep and painful scars in the hearts of the Muslim community and Canadian society as a whole.
“(However) the finding that the imposition of a period of parole ineligibility for 25 consecutive years is unconstitutional should not be considered to degrade the life of an innocent victim,” the Supreme Court wrote in her decision. Anadolu Agency, Monday (30/5).
“Everyone will agree that double homicide is fundamentally a despicable act and the gravest of crimes, with consequences that last forever. This appeal is not about the value of every human life, but rather about the limits of the power of state to punish offenders, which in a society founded above the rule of law must be implemented in a manner consistent with the Constitution,” he added.
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