It was, as the shy prosecutor Gerard Laarhuis said outside the lovely old Frontenac County courthouse, "a good day for Canadian justice."

And so it was: Mohammad Shafia, Tooba Mohammad Yahya and Hamed Mohammad Shafia, respectively the Afghan parents and brother of three teenage girls and the woman they loved like a mother, had just been convicted of four counts each of first-degree murder moments earlier.

"This verdict sends a very clear message about our Canadian values and the core principles in a free and democratic society that all Canadians enjoy, and even visitors to Canada enjoy," Laarhuis said.

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