/ 09 November 2021

An appeal on the way

A man raises a New Zealand flag as he attends a vigil in memory of the twin mosque massacre victims in Christchurch on March 24, 2019. - New Zealand will hold a national remembrance service for victims of the Christchurch massacre on March 29, the government announced, as the country grieves over a tragedy that shocked the world. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)
A man raises a New Zealand flag as he attends a vigil in memory of the twin mosque massacre victims in Christchurch on March 24, 2019. - New Zealand will hold a national remembrance service for victims of the Christchurch massacre on March 29, the government announced, as the country grieves over a tragedy that shocked the world. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP via Getty Images)

That’s according to convicted Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant’s new legal representative. Reports say human rights lawyer Tony Ellis has sent a memo to New Zealand’s chief coroner saying Tarrant has received “inhumane and degrading” treatment while in custody and awaiting trial, and he pleaded guilty under duress. That likely means an appeal against his convictions for killing 51 people in March 2019 will be lodged, reports say. He will have an opportunity to be heard next month during a hearing about the upcoming coronial inquiry into his crimes, “just like all interested parties”, officials say. Survivors say the Australian is trying to re-traumatise the Muslim community he targeted in the attacks.

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