Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism: police

The person accused of taking pictures useless 51 Muslim worshippers within the Christchurch mosque assaults was formally charged with terrorism for the primary time on Tuesday, New Zealand police stated.

Along with the phobia cost, Brenton Tarrant additionally faces 51 expenses of homicide and 40 of tried homicide over the March 15 assaults.

“The cost will allege {that a} terrorist act was carried out in Christchurch,” police stated in a press release.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has characterised the mosque killings a well-planned “terrorist assault” for the reason that day Tarrant, a self-described white supremacist, allegedly carried them out.

However till now the costs in opposition to him had been much less expansive, as New Zealand’s Terrorism Suppression Act was solely launched in 2002 and is untested within the courts.

Police stated the choice to put the phobia cost was made after consultations with prosecutors and authorities authorized consultants.

Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, is at the moment in a excessive safety jail present process assessments to find out if he’s mentally match to face trial.

He subsequent courtroom look is scheduled for June 14.

Police stated that they had met survivors and victims’ households Tuesday to clarify the extra expenses.

“Police are dedicated to offering all of the help obligatory for what will probably be a difficult and emotional courtroom course of to return for the sufferer’s households and survivors of the assault,” they stated. —Reuters

Brenton Tarrant: Christchurch mosque attack suspect ordered to undergo mental health tests

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The person accused of killing 50 folks in attacks on two mosques within the New Zealand metropolis of Christchurch has been ordered to bear a psychological well being assessments. 

Excessive Court docket decide Cameron Mander stated Brenton Tarrant can be seen by specialists to find out whether or not he was match to face trial or insane. 

The 28-year-old who has been moved to New Zealand’s solely maximum-security jail in Auckland, appeared on the Christchurch Excessive Court docket by means of a video hyperlink.


Handcuffed and seated, the Australian nationwide was carrying a gray jail t-shirt as listened calmly all through the listening to, which lasted roughly 20 minutes. He didn’t converse in the course of the listening to and was not required to submit a plea. 

Choose Mander ordered that two assessments can be carried out to find out the state of his psychological well being.

It had been reported that Tarrant wished to symbolize himself and authorized specialists had warned that he could attempt to use the hearings as a platform to current his ideology and beliefs.

Nevertheless, it later emerged that he can be represented by two Auckland legal professionals. One among them, Shane Tait, stated in an announcement on his web site, which didn’t embody any feedback on the case.

Though journalists have been capable of attend and take notes, protection of the listening to was restricted. Choose Mander stated media might solely publish pixellated pictures of Tarrant that obscure his face.

Police added a further 49 homicide fees, in addition to 39 fees of tried homicide, to the one homicide cost that had been filed the day after the assault.

Round two dozen relations of victims and a few survivors of the assaults have been current within the courtroom.

“I needed to see the person who killed so a lot of my mates,” stated Tofazzal Alam, who attended the listening to. An everyday at one of many mosques, Alam was not there in the course of the assault. “The person had no emotion,” he stated when requested about seeing the suspect on video.

The bloodbath, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labelled terrorism, was New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass killing.

Dozens of representatives from all over the world joined a nationwide memorial service final week attended by Ms Ardern and tens of 1000’s of New Zealanders.

Muslims worldwide have praised New Zealand’s response to the bloodbath, with many singling out Ms Ardern’s gesture of carrying a scarf to satisfy victims’ households and urging the nation to unite with the decision: “We’re one.”


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1000’s of holiday makers to the reopened Al Noor mosque, the place 42 folks have been killed, have provided condolences and sought to study extra about Islam, stated Israfil Hossain, who recites the day by day name to prayer there.

“They’re coming from far simply to ask for forgiveness … though they by no means did something to us,” the 26-year-old stated.

A gaggle of Carmelite nuns stood for the primary time inside a mosque on thursday, holding again tears as they talked with worshippers in regards to the two faiths.

“All people has their very own issues they usually have their very own concepts about religions, and that is high-quality, and we should always all have that, we’re all totally different,” stated one nun, Sister Dorothea. “However we’re all people and that is a very powerful factor, our humanity.”

New Zealand shooting suspect ‘complains about prison treatment’

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The person accused of capturing useless 50 individuals at two mosques in New Zealand has made a proper criticism about his remedy in jail, in response to experiences.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, is being held in isolation on the most safety Auckland Jail in Paremoremo following the fear assaults in Christchurch two weeks in the past.

The division of corrections confirmed to media in New Zealand that Tarrant has no TV, radio or newspapers and no accepted guests.


It refused to touch upon particulars of Tarrant’s claims however the Stuff news website quoted a source saying the alleged gunman had complained about lack of entry to cellphone calls and guests.

“He’s below fixed statement and isolation,” stated the supply. “He doesn’t get the same old minimal entitlements. So no cellphone calls and no visits.”

Tarrant has his personal yard – which is similar measurement as his cell – and is allowed to make use of it for one hour each day, in response to the supply.

Below the regulation inmates have a “minimal entitlement” to 3 meals a day, drink, train and enough bedding for “heat, well being and affordable consolation”.

Prisoners are additionally allowed to obtain no less than one non-public customer for no less than 30 minutes every week and no less than one outgoing phone name of as much as 5 minutes every week.

Nonetheless the Corrections Act 2004 additionally states that these entitlements could be withheld ”if there’s an emergency within the jail or the safety of the jail is threatened or if the well being or security of any individual is threatened”.

“He’s being managed in accordance with the provisions set out within the Corrections Act 2004 and our worldwide obligations for the remedy of prisoners,” stated a division spokesperson.

“For operational safety causes no additional info might be offered.”


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Final week the division of corrections rejected experiences that Tarrant was solely being guarded by white jail officers.

Tarrant has been charged with one homicide in relation to the Christchurch assaults and is anticipated to face additional expenses when he returns to courtroom on 5 April.


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Neo-Nazi groups allowed to stay on Facebook because they ‘do not violate community standards’

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Neo-Nazi teams have been allowed to stay on Facebook as a result of the social media big discovered they didn’t violate its “neighborhood requirements”, it has been revealed.

Pages operated by factions of worldwide white supremacist organisations together with Fight 18 and the Misanthropic Division had been reported, however Fb refused to take away the content material and advised researchers to unfollow pages in the event that they discovered them “offensive”.

A Counter Extremism Challenge report, seen solely by The Impartial, confirmed the identical response was obtained for chapters of Be Lively Entrance USA, a racist skinhead group, and the neo-Nazi British Motion.


A number of of the pages unsuccessfully reported included racist and homophobic statements, similar to calling non-whites “vermin” and homosexual individuals “degenerates”, photographs of Adolf Hitler and fascist symbols.

Fb refused to take down a web page utilized by Fight 18’s Greek wing, regardless of its cowl photograph exhibiting a person performing a Nazi salute, in entrance of a wall sprayed with a swastika.

One other web page for Fight 18’s Australian faction complained that after the New Zealand terror attack, the “media and leftists would keep on for months”, whereas spreading the identical ideology that impressed the shooter.

Originating within the UK as a neo-Nazi street-fighting group, Fight 18 has models in dozens of nations and has been suspected within the murders of immigrants and ethnic minorities.

Others pages left on-line had been getting used to promote neo-Nazi merchandise and music, which generates funding for extremists. 

Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director of the Counter Extremism Challenge (CEP), mentioned Fb and different platforms had been permitting hate teams to “community and construct echo chambers worldwide”.

“Fb companies a 3rd of the world’s inhabitants [2.32 billion month-to-month lively customers[, it’s the most important platform there may be,” he added.

“However the firm’s enterprise mannequin is content material on the platform, not content material off the platform, [so] except there may be clear, sustained public strain on the right-wing extremism challenge, we won’t see vital progress.”

Mr Schindler known as for authorized regulation, because the British authorities prepares to publish a white paper on tackling “on-line harms”.

The recent controversy comes after Fb was condemned for failing to cease the New Zealand attacker’s livestream until it was reported by police.


Christchurch mosque assaults: What we all know thus far

Days later, The Impartial revealed that anti-Islam group Britain First had set up three new pages a 12 months after being banned for hate speech.

Mr Schindler mentioned that though Fb and different social media companies have dramatically improved their response to Isis propaganda and different Islamist materials, the response to far-right extremism was lagging behind.

“Terrorism is terrorism, and Christchurch sadly proved our level that each side of the equation are equally regarding and equally harmful,” he warned.

“Within the west, we’ve right-wing nationalist extremist teams who really feel inspired in the mean time to take motion.”

The alleged Christchurch shooter printed a web-based doc that mentioned he acquired his views from “the web, after all”, and the white genocide conspiracy theory cited as his main justification was being unfold by a number of Fb pages reported by the CEP.

One, a Canadian department of the Blood and Honour neo-Nazi music community, claimed to sentence the New Zealand terror assault however overtly acknowledged its perception in “cultural alternative ways which might be plaguing Western civilization” in a public submit.

The web page, which remained on-line on Sunday, known as the atrocity a “misguided effort to make a constructive change on the earth”.

The Fb web page for the neo-Nazi Blood and Honour Canada group, which was reported to Fb however not eliminated

It was one among 40 Fb pages belonging to right-wing extremist teams and retailers, which had been monitored by CEP researchers between September and November final 12 months.

The pattern included 22 teams “that promote the ideology of neo-Nazism and white supremacy”, and 18 Fb shops selling extremist music and merchandise.

By the tip of the interval, 5 of the 40 pages monitored had been taken down for unknown causes and the remaining 35 had elevated their viewers by greater than 2,300 likes.

When the CEP reported the 35 on-line pages, Fb mentioned it will take away six however dismissed studies for others with a generically-worded response that learn: “We seemed over the web page you reported, and although it doesn’t go in opposition to one among our particular neighborhood requirements, we perceive that the web page or one thing shared on it might nonetheless be offensive to you and others.”

Fb suggested researchers to “keep away from issues like this” by blocking or unfollowing the pages. A number of have subsequently been eliminated.

One American retailer reported by the CEP was promoting T-shirts with the slogan “kill your native drug vendor”, alongside stickers exhibiting antifascists being shot within the head.

The Fb web page for the Australian department of neo-Nazi group Fight 18, which was reported to Fb however not eliminated

Factions of the worldwide neo-Nazi group Inexperienced Line Entrance additionally remained on Fb, alongside antisemitic “Christian id” teams and the US Nationwide Alliance Reform and Restoration Group, which requires supporters to mount a “white revolution … and take again our homeland from the invaders”.

Fb’s neighborhood requirements outline hate speech as a “direct assault” on traits together with race, nationwide origin, faith and sexual orientation. 

“When neo-Nazi teams that clearly violate the platform’s insurance policies are allowed to keep up pages, it raises severe questions relating to Fb’s dedication to their very own insurance policies,” the CEP’s report concluded.

Fb figures present it eliminated 12.Four million items of “terrorist content material” in six months final 12 months. Round 2.5 million items of hate speech had been deleted within the first quarter of 2018.


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A spokesperson mentioned: “We would like Fb to be a secure place and we are going to proceed to put money into holding hurt, terrorism, and hate speech off the platform. 

“Our neighborhood requirements ban harmful people and organisations, and we’ve taken down the content material that violates this coverage. Every single day we’re working to maintain our neighborhood secure, and our group is all the time creating and reviewing our insurance policies. 

“We’re additionally creating a brand new impartial physique for individuals to enchantment content material choices and dealing with governments on regulation in areas the place it doesn’t make sense for a non-public firm to set the principles by itself.”  


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Neo-Nazi groups allowed to stay on Facebook because they ‘do not violate community standards’

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Neo-Nazi teams have been allowed to stay on Facebook as a result of the social media big discovered they didn’t violate its “neighborhood requirements”, it has been revealed.

Pages operated by factions of worldwide white supremacist organisations together with Fight 18 and the Misanthropic Division have been reported, however Fb refused to take away the content material and instructed researchers to unfollow pages in the event that they discovered them “offensive”.

A Counter Extremism Mission report, seen completely by The Impartial, confirmed the identical response was obtained for chapters of Be Lively Entrance USA, a racist skinhead group, and the neo-Nazi British Motion.


A number of of the pages unsuccessfully reported included racist and homophobic statements, akin to calling non-whites “vermin” and homosexual folks “degenerates”, photographs of Adolf Hitler and fascist symbols.

Fb refused to take down a web page utilized by Fight 18’s Greek wing, regardless of its cowl picture displaying a person performing a Nazi salute, in entrance of a wall sprayed with a swastika.

One other web page for Fight 18’s Australian faction complained that after the New Zealand terror attack, the “media and leftists would stick with it for months”, whereas spreading the identical ideology that impressed the shooter.

Originating within the UK as a neo-Nazi street-fighting group, Fight 18 has items in dozens of nations and has been suspected within the murders of immigrants and ethnic minorities.

Others pages left on-line have been getting used to promote neo-Nazi merchandise and music, which generates funding for extremists. 

Hans-Jakob Schindler, senior director of the Counter Extremism Mission (CEP), mentioned Fb and different platforms have been permitting hate teams to “community and construct echo chambers worldwide”.

“Fb companies a 3rd of the world’s inhabitants [2.32 billion month-to-month lively customers[, it’s the largest platform there may be,” he added.

“However the firm’s enterprise mannequin is content material on the platform, not content material off the platform, [so] except there may be clear, sustained public stress on the right-wing extremism challenge, we won’t see important progress.”

Mr Schindler known as for authorized regulation, because the British authorities prepares to publish a white paper on tackling “on-line harms”.

The recent controversy comes after Fb was condemned for failing to cease the New Zealand attacker’s livestream until it was reported by police.


Christchurch mosque assaults: What we all know up to now

Days later, The Impartial revealed that anti-Islam group Britain First had set up three new pages a 12 months after being banned for hate speech.

Mr Schindler mentioned that though Fb and different social media corporations have dramatically improved their response to Isis propaganda and different Islamist materials, the response to far-right extremism was lagging behind.

“Terrorism is terrorism, and Christchurch sadly proved our level that either side of the equation are equally regarding and equally harmful,” he warned.

“Within the west, now we have right-wing nationalist extremist teams who really feel inspired in the meanwhile to take motion.”

The alleged Christchurch shooter printed a web-based doc that mentioned he obtained his views from “the web, after all”, and the white genocide conspiracy theory cited as his main justification was being unfold by a number of Fb pages reported by the CEP.

One, a Canadian department of the Blood and Honour neo-Nazi music community, claimed to sentence the New Zealand terror assault however brazenly acknowledged its perception in “cultural alternative ways which can be plaguing Western civilization” in a public put up.

The web page, which remained on-line on Sunday, known as the atrocity a “misguided effort to make a optimistic change on the earth”.

The Fb web page for the neo-Nazi Blood and Honour Canada group, which was reported to Fb however not eliminated

It was certainly one of 40 Fb pages belonging to right-wing extremist teams and retailers, which have been monitored by CEP researchers between September and November final 12 months.

The pattern included 22 teams “that promote the ideology of neo-Nazism and white supremacy”, and 18 Fb shops selling extremist music and merchandise.

By the top of the interval, 5 of the 40 pages monitored had been taken down for unknown causes and the remaining 35 had elevated their viewers by greater than 2,300 likes.

When the CEP reported the 35 on-line pages, Fb mentioned it could take away six however dismissed studies for others with a generically-worded response that learn: “We seemed over the web page you reported, and although it doesn’t go towards certainly one of our particular neighborhood requirements, we perceive that the web page or one thing shared on it could nonetheless be offensive to you and others.”

Fb suggested researchers to “keep away from issues like this” by blocking or unfollowing the pages. A number of have subsequently been eliminated.

One American retailer reported by the CEP was promoting T-shirts with the slogan “kill your native drug vendor”, alongside stickers displaying antifascists being shot within the head.

The Fb web page for the Australian department of neo-Nazi group Fight 18, which was reported to Fb however not eliminated

Factions of the worldwide neo-Nazi group Inexperienced Line Entrance additionally remained on Fb, alongside antisemitic “Christian identification” teams and the US Nationwide Alliance Reform and Restoration Group, which requires supporters to mount a “white revolution … and take again our homeland from the invaders”.

Fb’s neighborhood requirements outline hate speech as a “direct assault” on traits together with race, nationwide origin, faith and sexual orientation. 

“When neo-Nazi teams that clearly violate the platform’s insurance policies are allowed to take care of pages, it raises critical questions relating to Fb’s dedication to their very own insurance policies,” the CEP’s report concluded.

Fb figures present it eliminated 12.Four million items of “terrorist content material” in six months final 12 months. Round 2.5 million items of hate speech have been deleted within the first quarter of 2018.


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A spokesperson mentioned: “We would like Fb to be a protected place and we are going to proceed to put money into preserving hurt, terrorism, and hate speech off the platform. 

“Our neighborhood requirements ban harmful people and organisations, and now we have taken down the content material that violates this coverage. Every single day we’re working to maintain our neighborhood protected, and our workforce is all the time growing and reviewing our insurance policies. 

“We’re additionally creating a brand new impartial physique for folks to enchantment content material selections and dealing with governments on regulation in areas the place it doesn’t make sense for a non-public firm to set the principles by itself.”  


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Surrey ‘terror attack’ suspect Vincent Fuller shouted ‘I’m going to kill Muslims’ before stabbing teenager, court hears

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A person accused of launching a terror assault within the wake of the New Zealand massacre has appeared in court docket.

Vincent Fuller, 50, is charged with tried homicide, racially aggravated concern or provocation of violence, affray and possession of a bladed article and an offensive weapon within the Surrey town of Stanwell.

Prosecutors are treating the incident as terrorism as a result of Fuller was allegedly heard shouting “white supremacy” and “I will kill Muslims” main as much as the assault on the night of 16 March – a day after 50 Muslims have been massacred by a white supremacist in New Zealand.


Mr Fuller is accused of approaching a neighbour’s dwelling armed with a baseball bat and hitting the door whereas calling the lady, of Indian descent, a “black c***”.

Prosecutor James Cable advised Westminster Magistrates’ Court docket that Mr Fuller then left and “walked round native roads indiscriminately attacking motor automobiles with a baseball bat”.

He’s charged with shouting to at least one driver: “I’m going to f***king kill you, I’m going to f***king minimize your throat you black bastard.”

Later in the identical night, Mr Fuller is accused of “arming himself with a knife” and strolling to a close-by Tesco grocery store.

Mr Fuller allegedly approached the 19-year-old driver of a parked BMW earlier than reaching by means of the open window with the knife.

The Bulgarian man was stabbed in his left hand and obtained minimize on the facet of his neck, the court docket heard.

Mr Fuller appeared in court docket flanked by two counterterror cops, who have been carrying balaclavas to hide their identities.

He spoke to substantiate his title, date of beginning, deal with, and provides his nationality as British.

Officers examine a suspected terror assault in Viola Avenue, Stanwell (PA)

Mr Fuller was not required to enter pleas to the costs and his defence lawyer, Fadi Daoud, made no software for bail.

District Choose Michael Snow remanded the defendant, of Viola Avenue in Stanwell, in custody forward of a listening to on the Previous Bailey on Friday.


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