Christchurch mosque shooter responsible for 51 deaths in New Zealand sends “call to arms” letter to Russia from jail
Despite tight security and no apparent access to the outside world, the white supremacist managed to send a letter containing what can be interpreted as a call to arms.
Brenton Tarrant, who is currently in prison awaiting trial for the murder of 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, managed to send a six-page hand-written letter addressed to a man named Alan, who apparently lives in Russia. The letter surfaced on the website 4chan, which became a virtual hangout for white supremacists.
Most of the letter Tarrant is reminiscing about his one-month trip to Russia back in 2015. But there are parts where the convict warms of an approaching ‘great conflict’, saying there will likely be “a great amount of bloodshed”. He also phrases himself in such manner, which can be interpreted as a call to arms.
New Zealand prisoners have the right to send and receive mail, however in the case of Tarrant, this right will not be extended anymore.
'We have never had to manage a prisoner like this before - and I have asked questions around whether our laws are now fit for purpose and asked for advice on what changes we may now need to make,' Davis said.
New Zealand Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis said: “I have made myself clear that this cannot happen again.”
Opposition spokesman David Bennett demanded Davis to get to the bottom of how such a letter could be sent by the likes of Tarrant from a maximum security prison.
“This man is accused of carrying out one of the most heinous crimes in New Zealand history,” Bennett said. “New Zealanders will be horrified that Corrections allowed him to send a letter which includes a call to action and has subsequently been posted online.”
Corrections' chief executive Christine Stevenson apologized for the distress that the incident has caused to people impacted by the shootings, which happened on 15 March.
"We have taken swift action to ensure that our processes are as effective as we need them to be. With immediate effect, this prisoner will not be able to send or receive any mail until we have absolute assurance that the process in place for screening and assessing his correspondence upholds the safety of the public, both in New Zealand and internationally."
"It is a fine balance to uphold our lawful obligations and mitigate all potential risks posed by the prisoner, however we are absolutely committed to ensuring that he has no opportunity to cause harm or distress, either directly or indirectly."
Australian national Brenton Tarrant opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March, where he killed 51 people and injured many more. He is currently awaiting trial in a solitary cell in Auckland Prison.