January 29, 2023

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“How am I going to explain this to his children?” asks the brother of one of the victims

Mohsen Belhaj, the brother of Mohamed Salah Belhaj, one of the victims of this week’s random killings in Montreal, believes the extreme event shakes people’s sense of security and that something went wrong somewhere.

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“If a citizen is killed here, in Montreal or somewhere in Canada, we are no longer safe to go around. We have a lot of questions to ask ourselves and a lot of answers to look for,” Mr. Belhaj revealed in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.

Abdullah Shaikh, 26, is being pursued by the Mental Disorders Review Commission (CETM) for allegedly shooting three strangers in 24 hours. Although he posed a “significant risk to public safety”, he was recently acquitted by a court.

Mohsen Belhaj judges that a mistake was made and led to the murder of his brother and two other victims.

“I don’t want to say that somebody did their job badly, but they didn’t make the right decisions. It hurts. You can’t do anything, but we can do a lot to avoid these tragedies that cost Quebec the beauty of living together,” said Mr. Belhaj supports.

He says he will never forget the good times he had with his brother, who he was close to. Both men had returned from Tunisia, where their father had died in their home country.

Mohsen Belhaj thinks of his brother’s children, who have no father.

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“How am I going to explain this to his children? “Daddy, where is he?” What to answer the children who ask, he says with difficulty.

“I had a good relationship with him. All the good memories will stay with me,” he concludes.