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Life without parole for New Zealand mosque shooter

Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant attends his third day in court for a sentence hearing in Christchurch on August 26, 2020.

Murtaza Jaffer
Press TV, London

The Australian man who shot and killed 51 Muslim worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand last year has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

History was made after New Zealand judge Justice Camaron Mander sentenced white supremacist Brenton Tarrant to life in prison without parole for the murder of 51 Muslim worshipers in the country's deadliest ever shooting. It was the first time a court in New Zealand had sentenced a person to prison for the rest of their life.

The gunman, Australian Brenton Tarrant, 29, did not oppose the sentence despite being given the chance to do so. Many were expecting Tarrant to use his platform to spread his ideology of hate and Islamophobia. The Australian infamously broadcast his massacre live on Facebook and published a manifesto detailing his anti-Islamic views. 

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was relieved to know that  the terrorist would never see the light of day." 

Ardern praised the New Zealand Muslim community as well as survivors and families of the victims who gave emotionally-charged statements in court throughout the course of the week.

Supporters and well-wishers outside the High Court were relieved with the sentence and felt the justice system did all it could to support the victims

In his closing statements the Lead Prosecutor Mark Zarifeh highlighted the fear that had gripped the Muslim community in the wake of the attack. It's hoped the maximum sentence will deter future attackers, but with the rise of right-wing populism, for many a similar attack feels closer than ever. 

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