Slaughter in the Mosque: “justice”

News 25 January, 2018
  • The Journal de Québec
    Kader (left) and his deceased brother Abdelkrim Hassane have had similar paths. They were very close. They are photographed during a walk in the parc de la chute Montmorency.

    Nicolas Lachance

    Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

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    The brother Abdelkrim Hassane, died under the bullets in the great mosque of Quebec, expects that the “justice” in the trial of the accused of murder Alexander Bissonnette.

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    Seal in Paris, Kader Hassane has delivered a poignant testimony to the Log. “It’s brutal, it’s violent. It is unthinkable and unimaginable to lose life like that in a place of worship, ” laments the man of algerian origin. He lived a few years in Quebec, before settling in France.

    “The accused, all the world knows him. The time of the trial, it begins a little to be our concern, ” he said, underlining his confidence in the canadian system. “It is necessary that the justice do its work, because such a situation is inhuman. “

    The trial of Alexander Bissonnette is scheduled to begin on 26 march next year and could extend over two months. The man, 27-year-old is accused of the murder of six persons from the muslim community, attempted murder in respect of five other people and attempted murder with a restricted weapon in respect of 35 persons.

    Don’t forget

    Moreover, at the dawn of the first anniversary of the killing spree, he hoped that the Canadians, and especially Quebecers, don’t forget what happened on the night of January 29, 2017.

    “To see such a tragedy occur in Canada, a land of welcome and tolerance… It is just unthinkable, he argued. It must never a person to be killed for his origin or his religion. Karim (nickname) was someone who practices a religion of peace, love and tolerance. “

    Mourning difficult

    When he received the phone call from his sister-in-law to inform him of the attack, He was sleeping peacefully. “He has not given new. We were concerned about. But we quickly learned that Karim was part of the victims. Everyone was waiting for him at home, ” he confided.

    Computer analyst for the government, the Algerian Abdelkrim Hassane was in Quebec since 2010. He lived with his wife Louiza and their three little girls. Despite the distance, the brothers were ” very close “. Quickly after the announcement of the death, He took a flight to Quebec to see him-even the death of his brother.

    “It was the reaction of a big brother, I couldn’t stay like that and wait. I couldn’t believe it. I had to take this flight to see, to realize, he narrated, still moved. I didn’t want to believe until the moment I saw it. “

    A year after, He is still struggling to achieve the departure of his brother.

    Kader argues that the wife of his brother and his children are very well supported by the government of Quebec, and this, as much on the human and financial terms. For the moment, it is not a question for the small family to leave Quebec. “My sister-in-law chose to stay for not too much disturb the girls. Already, there is the disappearance of their dad “, he concludes.

    Forever marked by the tragedy

    Photo By Nicolas Lachance

    Said Akjour, reached by a bullet.

    Wounded in the shoulder during the attack of the mosque of Quebec, Said Akjour is forever marked both physically and psychologically by this night of horror.

    “I was standing up. I tried to watch what was happening. Physically, the time was short. But psychologically, it is very long. I have seen the damage, ” said Said in an interview with the Newspaper.

    His body also will remain marked forever by this attack on the 29 January 2017 at the great mosque of Quebec. That evening, he received a bullet in the left arm. This scar, it will always be visible. “Sometimes, there is still pain that comes, like that. I still have a weakness, ” he explained, indicating to the physiotherapy.

    He believes that he has been blessed. “One bullet is enough to die, he. I was touched, and then there were still some balls that were drawn. I expected to die […] people have seen the horror. There were even children, ” he recalls. He never lost consciousness during the shootings, and today, he lives with those sad images.

    Evening usual

    For a long time, Said is two to three nights a week to the Mosque to pray. On 29 January, an evening of ” business as usual “, it is made only for the evening prayer. “I heard a noise outside. I thought it was something mundane on the outside. The first shot was not very distinctive, ” he recounted.

    Then, it is lack of understanding. “And there, my brain was speeding to try to understand, take action and make the right choices. I realized that there was a drama that unfolded and that there was a world that was falling. I saw the assailant reloading his weapon. A first and second time. “

    Before his eyes, he saw his friends die. “I saw the brother, Ahmen. The pictures are clear to me. I thought he was dead… I saw Soufiane, grocer “, has reported Said, remembering the details of this slaughter.

    Relief spotless

    Quickly, Syed was transported to the hospital. Towards 2 o’clock in the morning, the surgeons will have removed the projectile from the arm. It thank mainly the paramedics who took care of him. “They kept their composure. They have been very helpful “, he stressed.