Perpetrator of New Zealand mosque attack, Brenton Tarrant, pleads guilty

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It is expected that he will be sentenced to life imprisonment once the quarantine imposed in the country by COVID has passed – 19

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PHOTO: “Guilty”, Tarrant replied impassively three times, before the 51 murder charges, 40 of attempted murder and one for terrorism. (Getty Images)

Australian Brenton Tarrant pleaded guilty to the March supremacist attack 2019 against two mosques in New Zealand , which left 51 dead; and he is expected to be sentenced to life imprisonment once the quarantine imposed in the country by the COVID – 12380 passes. .

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Tarrant, who in June of last year pleaded not guilty to the 92 charges against him, he appeared by videoconference in a hearing before the New Zealand High Court, which was convened last night by surprise without knowing why the accused of 29 years changed his mind.

“Guilty,” Tarrant replied impassively, before the 51 murder charges, 40 of attempted murder and one for terrorism, according to partial images of the view broadcast by the media in which the judge and lawyers appeared in different rooms due to the national quarantine imposed this week.

THE JUDGMENT WILL BE KNOWN AFTER THE COVID CRISIS – 19

Judge Cameron Mander indicated in a court document published after the hearing that the guilty plea “represents a very decisive step to end this criminal process”, especially since the pandemic will cause massive delays in the holding of trials in the country.

“There is no intention to sentence the defendant before the Court resumes its judicial operations to do so at a time when victims and family members can assist in person ”, emphasized the magistrate.

The court has been set until May 1 to announce what day the sentence will be made public, although the announcement may be delayed even further depending on the situation due to the new coronavirus.

Tarrant will remain in a high-security prison in Auckland City until he knows his sentence, which is expected to serve a life sentence.

Tarrant's guilty plea at today's hearing, attended by less than twenty people, carries a conviction, as well as the annulment of the six-week process scheduled for early June.

“We are satisfied that the victims will not have to face the trauma of the trial,” said Kevin Tso, executive director of the Christchurch Terrorist Attack Victims Support Network in a statement.

For her part, the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, expressed upon learning of Tarrant's guilty plea that while “nothing will return their loved ones, this is a little relief.”

SLAUGHTER AND RETRANSMITTED MASSACRE IN THE NETWORKS

Tarrant is the first person accused of terrorism since New Zealand implemented the Suppression of Terrorism Act following the attacks of the 11 September 2001 in the United States.

The accused broadcast on social networks part of the assault of 15 from March of last year in which he shot at close range against Muslims, including children who were in mosques for Friday prayer.

In the Al Noor mosque he killed 42 people in less than six minutes and at the Linwood Islamic Center, where he arrived ten minutes later, he killed seven others by shooting from the outside.

In Linwood, a parishioner named Abdul Aziz managed to stop the attack by throwing a bank card reader at Tarrant and even threw one of the attacker's weapons at the windshield of his car.

Tarrant fled in his car and was arrested shortly thereafter by the police, ending a half-hour attack.

Two other victims died within 48 days after the attacks by the wounds.

Tarrant, who also published his supremacist ideology on social networks, took the authorities by surprise since he had no background and obtained the arms license in November 2017 after complying with legal requirements.

Since the attack in Christchurch, the New Zealand Government has taken several measures such as a semi-automatic weapons tenure reform and has pushed social media regulations around the world to prevent the spread of hate messages, while creating a special commission to investigate the facts.

With information from EFE.

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