Christchurch terrorist gets legal advice to appeal conviction

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Brenton Tarrant, the Australian white supremacist who received a life sentence for carrying out the 2019 Christchurch attacks in New Zealand, has been advised by his newly appointed lawyer to appeal his decision, his lawyer said on Monday.

“I advised my client to appeal his sentence and conviction,” Tony Ellis told Radio New Zealand, saying Tarrant “felt his right to a fair trial was in jeopardy,” which constituted a ” violation of the Bill of Rights “.

During his trial, Tarrant pleaded guilty to killing 51 people and injuring 40 others at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019.

Ellis said Terrant “is considering” filing a plea against the life sentence handed down last year in August and under which Tarrant cannot seek parole.

The lawyer made this request in his communication with Chief Justice Deborah Marshall. A coronary investigation will now be launched into the massacre.

“The shooter said his guilty pleas were obtained by ‘duress’ and the conditions under which he pleaded had to be taken into account,” said the lawyer.

“It could be a violation of the Bill of Rights because he was subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment during his pre-trial detention, which prevented a fair trial,” he added. “He sent me about 15 pages of stories about how he had been treated since he was in prison.”

The lawyer also raised objections against the court which did not identify Tarrant by name in the communications.

A relative of a victim of the mosque attack described Tarrant’s claim as “seeking attention”.

“Every now and then it’s like there’s a personality deficit where he’s just looking for more attention. It’s like he’s a narcissist, you know? He just enjoys that attention,” said Rosemary Omar, quoted by Radio New Zealand.

Omar’s 24-year-old son Tariq was among the victims of Tarrant’s shooting at Al Noor Mosque.

Experts say it would be a monumental task for Tarrant to prove his claims.

Shortly after Tarrant’s conviction, New Zealand’s parliament passed new anti-terrorism legislation last year, giving more powers to security agencies in their efforts to fight terrorism.

The bill was part of a government initiative to implement the recommendation for a Royal Commission inquiry into the Tarrant terrorist attacks.

Under the law, security agencies will also have the power to enter, search and monitor premises without a warrant.

Weapons or combat training for terrorist purposes were also criminalized, as was travel to, from or through New Zealand with intent to commit a terrorist offense.

It also broadened terrorist financing offenses to include “broader forms of support” such as goods and services.


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