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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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Two consecutive terrorist shooting attacks occurred at mosques in Christchurch , New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019.

Brenton Tarrant has pleaded guilty to the Christchurch mosque shootings. At this third court appearance at the High Court on June 14, he was deemed fit to stand "While the sentencing hearing is still pending, today' s guilty pleas are a significant milestone in respect of one of our darkest days.

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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“The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” Ardern said in a statement. Australian Brenton Tarrant entered a surprise guilty plea in a Christchurch court on Thursday to all 92 charges against him.

Brenton Tarrant pleaded guilty to killing 51 people in Christchurch mosques last year. The plea came at a hastily arranged court hearing at a time that New Zealand was beginning a four-week lockdown to try and combat the new coronavirus.

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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"These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the "The guilty pleas represent a very significant step towards bringing finality to this criminal proceeding," he said. His actions prompted Ardern , who has vowed never to say the killer' s name, to tighten New

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism. Tarrant, a former gym instructor from Australia Jacinda Ardern , New Zealand' s Prime Minister, comforting victims last year. She pushed through a ban on semi-automatic weapons after 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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Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 29, pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism. The killing spree was the deadliest in New Zealand’ s modern history and prompted the government to rush through new laws banning most semi-automatic weapons.

Christchurch mosque shooter could be deported to Australia 'The entry of guilty pleas represents a very significant step towards bringing finality to this criminal proceeding and I considered the need to take the opportunity to progress the matter was particularly acute coming as it has at a

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.

Pictures: Christchurch terror attack in pictures

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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