#AceNewsReport – Aug.26: There was a sense of grief – but also one of defiance – in the air as almost 90 people spoke about the incident that killed 51 people in Christchurch: Dozens more were injured when Tarrant opened fire on two mosques last year: He has chosen not to speak in court before his sentencing on Thursday:
New Zealand Shooting: Christchurch mosque attack shooter refuses to speak in court
Tarrant had the opportunity to speak Thursday, the final day of a hearing which has seen 90 survivors and family members talk about the pain of the March 2019 attacks.
By: | Christchurch | Published: August 26, 2020 1:02:21 pm
Tarrant, a 29-year-old Australian has pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, and terrorism.
The 29-year-old Australian has pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 attempted murders and one charge of terrorism: He faces life in prison, possibly without parole – a sentence never before imposed in New Zealand.
In a court room on Wednesday, there were tears cried, Koran verses read and photographs of loved ones held high, as the last of the victims and relatives gave their statements:
Here are some of the powerful statements that they made here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53902158
Tarrant had earlier fired his lawyers but was appointed a standby lawyer by the court: Philip Hall, the standby counsel, told judge Justice Cameron Mander that he would make a brief statement on Tarrant’s behalf. Tarrant confirmed to Mander that he didn’t wish to speak.
Qasem said Tarrant made a choice: “A conscious, stupid, irresponsible, cold-blooded, selfish, disgusting, heinous, foul, uninformed and evil choice,” she said: She said she pitied Tarrant’s coarse and tainted heart, and his narrow view of the world that couldn’t embrace diversity: “Take a look around this courtroom,” she said to the gunman. “Who is the ‘other’ here, right now, is it us, or is it you? I think the answer is pretty clear.” Qasem said that love will always win.
At the current hearing, he hasn’t shown the brazenness he did at his first court appearance the day after the attacks, when he made a hand gesture sometimes adopted by white supremacists: The attacks targeting people praying at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques shocked New Zealand and prompted new laws banning the deadliest types of semi-automatic weapons.
They also prompted global changes to social media protocols after the gunman livestreamed his attack on Facebook, where it was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.
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