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Attacks on two mosques in New Zealand : Christchurch assassin has to be detained for the rest of his life

The Christchurch assassin is imprisoned for the rest of his life. Judge Cameron Mander sentenced the 29-year-old right-wing extremist from Australia to life in prison on Thursday with no possibility of early release. He also complied with the public prosecutor's request.

There has never been a sentence like this in New Zealand. Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques in New Zealand in March 2019, killing 51 people. 50 others were injured, some of them life-threatening.

The perpetrator transmitted the meticulously planned massacre to the Internet using a helmet camera. The crime is considered to be the worst in the recent history of the Pacific state. To this day, many survivors suffer from the consequences, are unable to work or have to live with severe pain. As a result, the government tightened gun laws.

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After the fact, Brenton Tarrant initially pleaded not guilty, but in March suddenly pleaded guilty to all charges. There was therefore no main hearing. He was charged with 51 murders, 40 attempted murders and terrorism. The extremist is the first accused to be convicted under the Terrorism Suppression Act of 2002.

He had previously refrained from expressing himself in court. The announcement allayed months of fears that the defendant might use the courtroom as a platform to spread his right-wing extremist views. Instead, a compulsory attorney read out a brief statement.

In the past few days, more than 80 survivors and bereaved families made statements in court. They often addressed the perpetrator directly in emotional statements. Many had urged the judge to imprison the assassin forever. (dpa)

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