Christchurch Terrorist Fails to Attend Court Hearing

The Christchurch terrorist did not attend a court hearing on April 15 after seeking a judicial review of his access to news and letters in jail and his designation as a terrorist entity.

White supremacist Brenton Tarrant, who was convicted for the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings where he killed 51 people, failed to appear in the Auckland High Court via teleconference due to a lack of access to court documents.

The hearing was meant to confirm if Tarrant wanted to pursue his complaints “properly and formally” over his conditions in jail and his official designation as a terrorist after he wrote a letter to the court last February about the issues.

“He cannot be compelled to attend,” Justice Geoffrey Venning told reporters.

Justice Venning indefinitely postponed the hearing without a next date. Tarrant or the Crown must request for the case to continue.

Justice Venning also said that Tarrant was informed that he could raise any concerns regarding access to court documents.

Justice Venning also said that Tarrant’s complaints relating to his designation as a terrorist entity may need to be held in Wellington instead of Auckland.

Tarrant’s request for a judicial review will have no bearing on his convictions, charges, and prison sentence.

Tarrant, a 30-year-old Australian, is the first and only individual in New Zealand to be designated as a terrorist entity. He is also the first person in New Zealand’s modern history to receive a punishment of a life sentence without parole.

Tarrant was sentenced last August for the murders at al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch on March 15, 2019, the worst mass shooting in the history of New Zealand. He was also charged for terrorism and for attempting to murder 40 people.

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