Why Accused in Quebec City Mosque Shooting Isn't Likely to Face Terrorism Charges
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.
"Why Accused in Quebec City Mosque Shooting Isn't Likely to Face Terrorism Charges."
(01 February 2017):