Court hearing for New Zealand mosque shooter begins on Aug. 24

Jul. 2 – The sentencing hearing against Brenton Tarrant, who pleaded guilty to the murder of 51 people and the wounding of 40, will begin the next 24th August.

The hearing is estimated to last three days. Tarrant is in custody since March 15, 2019, when he was arrested and accused of target Muslims at the Friday prayers inside two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

Condolence posters to Christchurch shooting victims and their families on a fence at Salisbury Street, Christchurch, New Zealand (Photo by Michal Klajban – CC CC BY-SA 4.0)

Furthermore the attack, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history, was streamed live on Facebook with the explicit aim of providing inspiration for further attacks around the world.

Due to the covid-19 emergency, New Zealand borders are still shut for foreigners. Some arrangements will be made to allow victims and family members that are currently based overseas to view the sentencing remotely.

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