Title

Why Accused in Quebec City Mosque Shooting Isn't Likely to Face Terrorism Charges

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date

2-1-2017

Source Publication

CBC.ca

Description

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard have called the deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque a "terrorist attack," while others have said it's a "hate crime."

Alexandre Bissonnette has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder. Police are considering adding terrorism-related charges against the 27-year-old, who appears to have acted alone.

It's a prospect Quebec's Muslim community is watching closely.

But legal experts say it's one that would have little impact on the sentence Bissonnette might face if convicted.