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World Ardern reacts to Christchurch mosque shooter's guilty pleas

05:35  26 march  2020
05:35  26 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The Christchurch mosque attack shooter ' s guilty pleas on Thursday will save victims and families from the "ordeal of a trial", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. In a surprise move on Thursday in Christchurch , Brenton Tarrant pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder

Christchurch mosque shootings. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. During the appearance, he pleaded guilty to all 92 charges: one of engaging in a terrorist act, 51 of In mid-October 2019, Prime Minister Ardern awarded bravery awards to the two police officers who had apprehended the shooter

Ardern released a statement after the pleas. © Video - Newshub; Image - Getty. Ardern released a statement after the pleas. The Christchurch mosque attack shooter's guilty pleas on Thursday will save victims and families from the "ordeal of a trial", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

In a surprise move on Thursday in Christchurch, the shooter pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and a charge under the Terrorism Suppression Act. It was a reversal from his previous pleas of not-guilty to each charge relating to the Christchurch mosque attack on March 15, 2019, that saw 51 people killed in a shooting rampage across two mosques.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the guilty plea would provide "some relief to the many people whose lives New Zealand' s worst-ever act of terrorism was filmed by the shooter and livestreamed on Brenton Tarrant has pleaded guilty to the Christchurch mosque shootings. At this third court

Surprise guilty plea avoids painful trial. Analysis by Simon Atkinson, BBC News. Minutes after Brenton Tarrant changed his plea , families of mosque Speaking on the first anniversary of the massacre, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealand had "fundamentally changed" because of the attacks.

Acknowledging the pleas, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said they will "provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15".

"These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, and other witnesses, the ordeal of a trial," she said.

The Prime Minister wouldn't comment anymore as sentencing is yet to happen. It's unknown when that will go ahead as the courts want all victims and families who wish to be present to be able to. Thursday's hearing was affected by the coronavirus COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, which meant only representatives from Al Noor and Linwood Avenue mosques could be present.

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The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday

"Yes, guilty ," Tarrant told Christchurch High Court via videolink from Auckland Prison as the charges were read Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the admission of guilt would provide some relief to the many "These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the

Police Commissioner Mike Bush also earlier acknowledged the pleas, including during a press conference in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

"While the sentencing hearing is still pending, today’s guilty pleas are a significant milestone in respect of one of our darkest days. I want to acknowledge the victims, their families and the community of Christchurch – the many lives that were changed forever.  They have inspired all of us to be a kind and more tolerant community," Bush said.

Ardern has previously called March 15 New Zealand's darkest day and refuses to say the now-convicted shooter's name.

"He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety," Ardern said last March.

"That is why you will never hear me mention his name."

The man, a white supremacist, moved to Dunedin from Australia. He live-streamed the attack on Facebook, prompting the development of the Christchurch Call and calls for greater social media moderation.

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"The guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist act were taken via an audio-visual Ardern : 'New Zealand and its people have fundamentally changed'. The mosque shooting was the deadliest in New Zealand' s modern history

The man who is suspected to be behind the Christchurch mosque shootings has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of murder and terrorism. He appeared in court in Auckland via video link from a maximum security prison, and smiled as his lawyers read out not guilty pleas .

Having pleaded guilty, the June trial date has been vacated. He is remanded in custody until May 1, when either a sentencing date will be chosen or his remand will be extended.

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A member of the Muslim community stands in front of the Al Noor mosque, two days ahead of the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque shootings, in Christchurch on March 13, 2020. - The mass shootings which killed 51 Muslim worshippers at two mosques on March 15 last year was carried out by an avowed white supremacist who had slipped under the radar of New Zealand authorities. (Photo by Sanka VIDANAGAMA / AFP) (Photo by SANKA VIDANAGAMA/AFP via Getty Images)

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