The man being prosecuted for the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, sent a letter from a heavily protected prison. The recipient subsequently published the document on the controversial internet forum 4chan. According to the New Zealand authorities, this should never have happened.
In the letter, Brenton Tarrant talks about his political and social views. He is in a cell in Auckland and may send and receive letters, but these may be blocked under certain conditions.
Minister Kelvin Davis, who is responsible for the prisons in the country, tells The New Zealand Herald that the letter should never have left the prison. "I made it clear that this should never happen again".
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also emphasizes that the letter should never be sent, according to the New Zealand newspaper. "This is clearly someone who has a specific goal in mind, in terms of sharing his propaganda, so we should have been prepared for that."
The person who placed the letter on 4chan received the letter after he sent a letter to Tarrant a few months ago. Little is known about the identity of this person. He would be called Alan and live in Russia.
The 28-year-old Tarrant is held responsible by the judicial authorities for the massacre in Christchurch on 15 March. At the shootings in two different places, 51 believers were killed. Tarrant denies being a debt. The court will review its case in May 2020.
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