Local Muslims react over Bissonnette sentencing
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Local Muslims react over Bissonnette sentencing

Last Updated Feb 8, 2019 at 7:25 pm MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The sentencing decision of Alexandre Bissonnette — the man responsible for the Quebec City mosque shooting — has left some scratching their heads, trying to make sense of the tragedy.

On Friday, Bissonnette was sentenced to 40 years in prison without possibility of parole.

The founder of Muslims Against Terrorism, Imam Syed Soharwardy says justice was served but questioned whether the punishment fits the crime.

“He’s now facing what he did and it’s an unfortunate situation that people won’t come back and the wounded, some of them are permanetly handicapped, and this guy will be in jail for 40 years. It’s a very bad situation, there is no comfort in these kind of situations.”

Soharwardy adds that hate is on the rise and more needs to be done to preach peace.

“I think the premier of Quebec has made a very wrong statement, he should not be making that kind of statement because he’s denying the truth. Islamaphobia does exist in this country and in Quebec also.”

The President of the Hussaini Association of Calgary, Riyaz Khawaja is hoping Bissonnette will be be able to be educated about his crimes.

“We were all heart broken then and we still hope nothing happens in future as well and we tell everybody else to stay together, stand against this violence… act of racism, hate.”

Six people lost their lives in the 2017 attack.