Christchurch Terror Attacker Encourages ‘Violence’ in Hateful Letter From Prison

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Rabat – Brenton Tarrant, the gunman in the Christchurch mosque terror attack has addressed a hateful letter, which was later posted on 4chan, a message board website.

4chan is known for posting views of white supremacists,  CNN reported.

New Zealand’s Department of Corrections issued a statement, acknowledging that it was a mistake to allow the letter to be sent.

The administration admitted that the letter should have been withheld.

“We have never had to manage a prisoner like this before,”  New Zealand’s Corrections Minister Kelvin Dais said.

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He added that he does not “believe that corrections should have allowed this letter to be sent and have sought assurances from them that there will be an enhanced process from now on.”

CNN published extract from the letter which was sent to a supporter in Russia.

“I have no concern about myself and I only worry for Europe’s future,” Tarrant wrote. “I only hope our people can survive the coming demographic shift,” he added.

The letter was sent to an address in Russia, a country which Tarrant also wrote at length about, before it was posted to 4chan.

The letter, according to the Guardian,  can be “read as a ‘call to arms’ for white supremacists worldwide.”

The 28-year-old Australian man  pleaded not guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one terrorism offense in the Christchurch High Court on June 14. 

He carried out the attack on March 15, when he broadcast the terror attacks on two mosques in a live on Facebook live.

A trial has been scheduled to begin on May 4, 2020, and prosecutors estimate it may run for up to six weeks.

In New Zealand, it is legal for prisoners to send and receive mail.

“The prison director may withhold a prisoner’s mail in a ‘very limited range of circumstances,’” CNN reported.

NZ’s Muslim community frightened

The Guardian quoted the general secretary of the Linwood mosque in Christchurch  Faisal Sayed. Linwood mosque was one of the two mosques attacked by Tarrant, where he killed seven.

Sayed said that the letter caused frustration among the community.

“It’s truly frightening, and frankly, we’re shocked. It’s unbelievable,” said Sayed.  

He also  said that he is worried about the “repercussions of this. He could be forming other groups, or inspiring other attacks. People are feeling very worried, and truly scared.”

 “Shouldn’t he be subject to special circumstances in prison?” he asked.