Jean-Claude Rochefort found guilty of fomenting hatred against women

Jean-Claude Rochefort found guilty of fomenting hatred against women

Jean-Claude Rochefort in January 2020 at the Montreal courthouse

In Montreal, anti-feminist blogger Jean-Claude Rochefort was found guilty on Friday of having deliberately fomented the hatred against women.

He had been arrested in connection with publications and photomontages published in 2019 on the Internet, in which he defended the Polytechnique killer. In particular, he invited his audience to celebrate Saint-Marc-Lépine Day as part of the 30th anniversary of the massacre which claimed the lives of 14 women on December 6, 1989.

All underlining the violence of the remarks made by Rochefort, judge Pierre Labrie, of the Superior Court of Quebec, rejects the claims of Jean-Claude Rochefort that his publications constituted satire, exaggeration or self-mockery.

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After seeing and hearing Mr. Rochefort testify, the Court is of the opinion that his descriptions of these publications constitute clumsy and simplistic attempts at after-the-fact justifications, writes the judge.

Judge Labrie adds that Jean-Claude Rochefort, contrary to what he asserted in court, was not only targeting feminists and could not claim that his simultaneous use of the words women and feminists was an error of his part.

The Court is of the opinion that the recurrence of the use of the words "women" or "women" is too big for it to be simple errors, can we read in the judgment.

Judge Labrie also considers that the online behavior of Jean-Claude Rochefort is not compatible with the idea that these may be spontaneous statements on his part. The repetition of the remarks denotes a voluntary nature and an insistence on wanting to communicate them, writes the judge.

It was necessary to prove, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the accused had knowingly fomented hatred among his readers, explained Me Roxane Laporte, criminal and penal prosecuting attorney.

Jean-Claude Rochefort's sentence should be pronounced in the fall .

Already, in 2009, as his 20th birthday approached, Jean-Claude Rochefort had been arrested for death threats against women. He had also been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

With information from Aimée Lemieux

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