“It hurts … To be there is a duty.” The words, pronounced between two sobs, testify to the pain that still afflicts Mohamed Labidi and the entire Muslim community of Quebec at the beginning of the Long judicial proceedings that begin against Alexandre Bisonnette for the killings of six faithful on January 29 at the great mosque of Sainte-Foy.
“I have confidence in Canadian and Quebec justice,” said Mr. Labidi, vice-president of the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center (CCIQ), who met after the brief appearance of the alleged murderer on Tuesday at the Quebec City Courthouse.
“I hope that the crime will be treated to the extent of the tragedy and the damage done to the innocent, to the families of the victims. And the blood of the victims will not go away in vain, “adds the man, visibly shaken.
Moreover, he admits to being inhabited by mixed feelings, three weeks after the tragic event. “I have a mixture of sensations: pity for crime and at the same time for our brothers who died for nothing. It is the cycle of hate that has been fueled until the person is blinded and takes action without thinking about his or her future. He is very young. I was very touched by his youth. It breaks his life. I have compassion, “says the man, his voice choked with emotion, recalling that his faith calls for forgiveness and resilience.
The Cultural Center also wishes to call upon a lawyer to ensure that the rights of victims are respected through the judicial and administrative processes that are beginning. It must be said that the killing left six women and 17 children without husband, fatherless. In addition, two victims are still in the hospital, one in a critical condition, says Labadi. “They’re having trouble getting him out of a coma. He received six bullets, I think. ”
The Vice-President understood that a representative of the CCIQ would attend every Bissonnette appearance, despite the suffering it might cause. “We represent a community. It’s our brothers, it’s like my own brothers. Me, my mourning is not done. I have to stand still whenever I appear before you (the media) and in front of my community to be up to it. It’s part of the process of mourning, “he says.
Mr. Labidi also has a constant thought for the families of the victims. “Every time we visit, my heart breaks. It is dramatic that they live. Children do not understand what is going on. ”
And through pain, we must leave room for life. “We must resume a normal life. Our role is also to dispel the ever-present fear, “he concludes.