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Quebec man found guilty of inciting hatred in video praising mosque shooter

Pierre Dion posted the video last Jan. 29, two years to the day after Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire at a Quebec City mosque, killing six people and seriously injuring several others.

Pierre Dion's YouTube video targeted Muslims, judge ruled

Pierre Dion is seen leaving a courtroom at the Laval courthouse on May 22, 2019. He was found guilty of inciting hatred in a video posted to YouTube. (Radio-Canada)

A Terrebonne, Que., man has been found guilty of inciting hatred in a video posted to YouTube on the second anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting.

Pierre Dion posted the video on Jan. 29, two years to the day after Alexandre Bissonnette opened fire at the mosque, killing six people and seriously injuring several others.

Two days later, Dion was arrested at his home north of Montreal.

Bissonnette was sentenced to life in prison in February with no chance of parole for 40 years.

In the YouTube video, Dion praised Bissonnette and said he wanted Quebecers to "wake up."

Quebec court Judge Gilles Garneau ruled that Dion's video targeted Muslims.

"What the judge determined is that what Mr. Dion said on his YouTube videos constituted an incitement of hate," Crown prosecutor Karine Lagacé-Paquette said Wednesday at the Laval courthouse.

She said the prosecution is seeking community work as his punishment, and the defence is asking for a fine and probation.

Dion's sentencing is scheduled for June 11.

With files from Radio-Canada

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