Charter supporter who threatened Muslim gets probation
A self-professed ‘total anti-Islamist » who made Facebook threats against a prominent spokesperson for Montreal’s Muslim community will not be going to jail.
Instead, 47-year-old René Daoust will be on probation for a year, and will get a criminal record — though he says he doesn’t regret his actions.
In September of last year, just as the then-PQ government unveiled its secularism charter, he addressed Adil Charkaoui, a spokesperson for the Quebec Collective Against Islamophobia, saying « your hours are numbered, filthy terrorist. » A month later, he took to Facebook again, warning anti-Charter demonstrators to « watch for snipers », because « people will show up armed. »Daoust pleaded guilty to uttering threats late last month
Charkaoui, for his part, told CJAD News he’s disappointed with the sentence, noting Daoust sent him and his group a string of messages, many threatening violence and killing.
« I don’t think it’s a strong message to the racists and the Islamophobes, especially in this debate for the Charter, » he says. « After this very sad debate about values and the charter…we found the Islamophobia and anti-Semitism has grown. »