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Christchurch Terror Attacker Brenton Tarrant Launches Legal Challenge Against Prison Conditions

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Christchurch Terror Attacker Brenton Tarrant Launches Legal Challenge Against Prison Conditions

The man behind the deaths of 51 innocent people in Christchurch is launching a fresh legal challenge today (April 15) at Auckland's High Court.

Brenton Tarrant will represent himself, according to the New Zealand Herald, as he challenges the conditions imposed on him in jail.

He's seeking to get the courts to stop him being labelled a terrorist and also change his access to news and mail.

Justice Venning said: "After the conference had been arranged, Mr Tarrant advised the prison authorities this morning that he had a complaint about a lack of access to documents and wanted the conference postponed."

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Tarrant wasn't forced to attend the hearing and the Crown will need time to respond to his complaints.

In August last year, Tarrant became New Zealand's first criminal to be given a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

He pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one of engaging in a terrorist act laid under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002.

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The Australian 29-year-old admitted to storming Al Noor and Linwood mosques on March 15 two years ago and unloading a shower of bullets on worshippers.

He had a GoPro attached to his person and live-streamed the whole attack, which ended up becoming New Zealand's worst mass shooting in history.

Justice Cameron Mander sentenced him to life imprisonment the 51 murders, concurrent terms of 12 years for the 40 counts of attempted murder charges, and life imprisonment for the terrorism charge.

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Topics: New Zealand, News, Australia

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