Christchurch Terrorist Drops Legal Challenges Over Prison Conditions

The Christchurch terrorist has reportedly dropped his legal challenges over his prison conditions and his designation as a terrorist entity.

Local media reported on April 23 that Justice Geoffrey Venning released a document showing Brenton Tarrant, the white supremacist convicted for the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings, had withdrawn his informal applications after seeking a judicial review of his access to news and letters in jail and his status as a terrorist.

“Mr. Tarrant now advises that he wished to withdraw his two previous applications for judicial review which he referred to in his initial communication to the Court,” Venning stated in the document.

Last April 15, Tarrant failed to attend a court hearing after requesting the judicial review due to a lack of access to court documents.

Tarrant was jailed last August for life without parole for murdering 51 people at two mosques, attempting to murder 40 more, and for committing a terrorist attack. He is the first person in New Zealand’s modern history to receive such punishment.

Tarrant, a 30-year-old Australian, is also the first and only individual in New Zealand to be designated as a terrorist entity.

Tarrant remains in a maximum security prison known as the Prisoners of Extreme Risk Unit in Auckland.

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