As people in Quebec City prepare to mark Tuesday’s second anniversary of the horrific attack on the mosque in Quebec City that left six worshippers dead and 19 others wounded, the wife of one of the victims has finally won a battle for compensation from the province.
Khadija Thabti, whose husband, Aboubaker, was killed in the attack, had been turned down twice by a provincial agency because she had not been at the scene of the crime, a reason her lawyer called “ridiculous and contrary to the law.”
Marc Bellemare says Thabti and her children have finally been recognized as victims of a crime, opening the way for her to be compensated for lost income, travel fees and psychological help.
“The law requires that a person has suffered a mental shock during and indictable offence,” Bellemare told Canadian Press.
“Therefore, the person could have suffered it in arriving at the crime scene, or being confronted with images of horror while worrying that the safety of a loved one is threatened.
“That’s post-traumatic stress: you don’t have to be there when the bullet comes out of a rifle.”
Bellemare, a former provincial justice minister, says there has to be a change in approach by compensation decision makers.
With files from CBC, Global