December 3, 2021

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New Zealand: Christchurch attacker pleads guilty under duress |  World |  DW

New Zealand: Christchurch attacker pleads guilty under duress | World | DW

Brendan Tarant, author of The Hegemonic Attack in New Zealand in 2019, has pleaded guilty to the murder of 51 Muslims while awaiting court proceedings and is now considering appealing his life sentence.

Toronto’s attorney, Tony Ellis, sent New Zealand Chief Investigating Judge Deborah Marshall a document describing his client’s concerns about the conduct of the New Zealand authorities responsible for the forensic investigation into the murder.

Ellis, who accepted Tarrant’s protection, explained in the speech that one of the 51 murders, 40 attempted murders and terrorism, was recommended in August 2020 to appeal to his client for life imprisonment without bail. It violates their rights.

Attorney Tarant explained that he had been the victim of “inhuman and degrading treatment” while in custody, which in his opinion hindered the fair process.

The supremacist relied on arguments such as allegedly possessing important documents for the trial, not approaching his lawyer, being locked in a separate room, as well as being referred to as an “individual” in official documents. .

In the documents of the government committee that investigated the attack, Tarant was not named directly, and after his sentencing, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Artern urged the public not to mention his name to prevent him from achieving the desired disgrace.

“Removing your name is not a dignity, it is an integral part of your identity, and it shows no respect for Mr Tarant,” his lawyer said in a statement quoted by Radio New Zealand, adding that Australian supremacy already has the right to be prosecuted and “treated as a human being”.

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Judge Ellis, however, responded that the words used to refer to Torrent were not “a serious offense to his human rights” or were not appropriate for the next trial of the case.

The judge, who said the potential torrent appeal would cause grief to the victims of the attack, is scheduled to meet with prosecutors next month.

On March 15, 2019, Tarantino attacked the Al Noor and Lynwood Mosques in Christchurch with semi-automatic and military weapons, firing at Muslims, including children and the elderly, inside the places of worship. Prayer.

The attacker, who published his dominant ideology on social networks, broadcast live through them part of the attack that led to reform in the law on possession of weapons in New Zealand.

rml (efe, afp)