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18 Mar 2019

New Zealand terrorist fires lawyer, will represent himself in court

Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old terrorist who opened fire in New Zealand last week, has fired his lawyer and will represent himself in court.

To recall, two mosques- Al Noor and Linwood were attacked, during Friday prayers, killing 50 people and injuring over 40.

Australian-born Tarrant had strong anti-immigration and anti-Islam thoughts and came to NZ only to execute the attack. Further investigation is underway.

Lawyer

Tarrant may use platform to spread his "extreme views"

Tarrant may use platform to spread his "extreme views"

Following protocol, Tarrant was given an attorney, named Richard Peters. The duty lawyer said that his association with Tarrant ended on Saturday as the extremist decided to represent himself.

Tarrant is likely to use the high-profile case to spread his views, which he detailed in the manifesto before the attack.

Peters revealed Tarrant isn't "mentally unstable" and is clear about his "extreme views".

He won't shy away from publicity, said Peters

"I suspect that he won't shy away from publicity, and that will probably be the way he runs the trial. The job of the trial judge will be to deal with that," said Peters.

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Peters said representing Tarrant was "part of job"

Further, Peters said he didn't have issues with representing Tarrant in court as it was a part of his job.

"My job was simply to appear in court and advise him of his rights and procedure," he said.

Now that Tarrant has fired the government-appointed lawyer, the court may give him another counsel who will explain the "boundaries" of arguments to him.

Safety

Tarrant could be harmed in prison

Tarrant could be harmed in prison

Criminal justice advocate Sir Kim Workman told New Zealand Herald that Tarrant would be kept in solitary confinement as he's a "marked person". Prisoners may try to harm him.

"In my experience when you have got someone with that sort of profile, they (jail authorities) do have contingency plans, certainly in the early stages of the sentence or when they're in remand," he said.

Gun laws

NZ takes steps to change gun laws

Tarrant, who had a gun license, used a variant of the AR-15, a semi-automatic weapon, to carry out the heinous crime.

After the attack, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the gun laws will change within ten days. The reforms will make the community safer, she underscored.

A meeting of the cabinet was called on Monday to discuss the same.

Grief

Meanwhile, Ardern showed how a leader should behave

Meanwhile, Ardern showed how a leader should behave

Over the weekend churches in NZ opened gates for Muslims and invited them to pray in peace.

During the entire turmoil, Ardern displayed impeccable leadership qualities. Her first reaction to the attack was that the victims were "one of us" but the terrorist wasn't.

Dressed in hijab, Ardern also consoled the grieving families. The picture went viral and won hearts over the globe.

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Branton Tarrant is the terrorist who attacked two mosques in New Zealand on March 15. He was born in Australia and is 28 years old.

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50 people were killed and 40 were injured in the attack.

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5 Indians were killed in the horrendous attack.

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Jacinda Ardern confirmed the gun laws in the country will change.

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