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Christchurch Mosque shooter's judicial review hearing postponed over his absence

15/04/2021 06:21 PM

MOSCOW, April 15  -- The judicial review hearing of Brenton Tarrant who committed deadly mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand in 2019, has been delayed indefinitely over the failure of the convict to show up in court, Sputnik quoted media report on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Tarrant, convicted under terrorism laws and currently serving a life sentence without parole, asked the New Zealand High Court to reconsider his imprisonment conditions as well as his terrorist status. He said he would represent himself at the Auckland High court hearing scheduled for Thursday morning.

According to the New Zealand Herald newspaper, the hearing was set to be held via a telephone conference call but Tarrant did not show up.

"After the conference had been arranged, Tarrant advised the prison authorities this morning that he had a complaint about a lack of access to documents and wanted the conference postponed," Justice Geoffrey Venning, who was to hear the case, said, as cited by the newspaper.

Tarrant received a life sentence without parole -- the first-ever in New Zealand's history -- for killing 51 people and injuring 40 others during an attack on The Christchurch mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre on March 15, 2019. The shooter live-streamed the attack on social media and he had posted a racist manifesto online shortly before committing the crime.




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