Crime & Justice

New Zealand extremist attack author withdraws judicial review request

Sydney, Australia, Apr 23 (EFE).- Australian Brenton Tarrant, author of an extremist attack in New Zealand in 2019 in which 51 Muslims died, withdrew his request for a review of his prison conditions and status as an extremist, local media reported Friday.

Tarrant, sentenced to life imprisonment in August on 51 counts of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism, had requested a judicial review in late February through a letter to the Auckland High Court.

The perpetrator is being held in isolation in a maximum security prison in Auckland.

“The informal request for judicial review has been withdrawn. The process is closed,” a court document by Magistrate Geoffrey Venning of the Auckland High Court read, as quoted by the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

Tarrant stormed the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in the city of Christchurch with semi-automatic and military-type weapons on Mar. 15, 2019, shooting at point-blank range at worshippers, including children and the elderly, who were inside for customary Friday prayers.

The attacker, who had published his supremacist ideology on social networks, also broadcast part of these actions live on Facebook, which later led to a reform of gun ownership laws in New Zealand.

In December, the New Zealand government acknowledged that mistakes were made before the attack, including an “almost exclusive” attention to Islamic terrorism to the detriment of the monitoring of individuals and supremacist groups. EFE


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