If the guilty plea of Alexandre Bissonnette relieves the Muslim community that will not have to live a long and painful trial, it still leaves gray areas on the true motives of the killer.
“We do not have all the answers. We remained on our hunger with the declaration of Bissonnette. “The president of the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec (CCIQ), Boufeldja Benabdallah, had mixed feelings at the exit of the hearing held Wednesday morning at the courthouse of Quebec.
“There are no answers to the full extent of the tragedy. We would have liked more elaboration, “he continued, referring to the statement made by the accused to the families and relatives of the victims gathered in the courtroom.
Khalid Elgazzar, vice president of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, was puzzled by the killer’s statement. “I can not tell you what’s in his heart, I’m not sure if he’s sincere or not,” he said, echoing the questioning of a widow who would have wanted him to plead guilty faster.
Mr Elgazzar, however, has no doubt about the Islamophobic nature of the killing. “It’s a gesture that took place in a mosque. All the people targeted were Muslims. There were even children in the mosque at that time. They are premeditated murders, and Mr. Bissonnette has admitted it. As for me, it’s an Islamophobic gesture, “he said.
Former CCIQ president, Mohamed Labidi, also displays mixed feelings, but is satisfied that the cause ends earlier than expected.
“It is a relief. We avoided a long court process with the conviction this morning. There was a concern about procedures that could have continued, “he says.
Aymen Derbali, a wheelchair survivor, was very shaken when leaving the courthouse. He confided that the prospect of seeing the video footage of the attack troubled him, he who lost consciousness after receiving several projectiles in the body. “I do not want my kids to see that,” he repeated several times.
Saïd Akjour, who was shot in the shoulder by the shooter and still lives with the physical and psychological after-effects of the attack, said he was relieved that there will be no trial. “Just between Monday and today, it’s still white and black. Things are going in the right direction, “he said. Mr. Akjour did not want to give the substance of his thought on the words pronounced by Alexandre Bissonnette because “it does not affect me just me, it touches a lot of people”.