Man pleads guilty to threat­en­ing Bissonnette

Montreal Gazette - - CITY -

A man pleaded guilty Thurs­day to ut­ter­ing death threats against Alexan­dre Bissonnette, the Que­be­cer charged with first-de­gree mur­der in the mosque shoot­ings ear­lier this year.

Mo­hamed-Amine Ben-Faras, 33, told mem­bers of Que­bec City’s Mus­lim com­mu­nity he is the nephew of Azze­dine Soufi­ane, one of the six men shot to death in Jan­uary.

The Crown with­drew a charge of ut­ter­ing threats against Bissonnette’s fam­ily.

Ben-Faras told the judge he ar­rived in Que­bec from Lon­don and headed to the mosque to try to un­der­stand the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the shoot­ing deaths.

He ad­mit­ted to threat­en­ing Bissonnette and said he was very an­gry.

He will be sen­tenced on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Bissonnette faces six charges of first-de­gree mur­der and five of at­tempted mur­der us­ing a re­stricted firearm.

His case will re­turn to court May 29.

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