New Zealand PM vows to deny mosque gunman notoriety

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern lays flowers for victims of a mass shooting attack while finance minister Grant Robertson looks on at the Kilbirnie Mosque

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking in the New Zealand parliament on Tuesday about the horrific terror attack on two Christchurch mosques that took place on Friday, March 15, said that "notoriety" is what the shooter wanted to gain from his crime and "that is why you will never hear me mention his name".

The prime minister has promised reforms to New Zealand gun laws, which allowed Tarrant to legally purchase the weapons he used in the attack, including semi-automatic rifles. "He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist, but he will, when I speak, be nameless".

In an impassioned speech in parliament later on Tuesday, she called for heroes and the deceased to be spoken of, rather than the gunman.

"He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name", she said.

"We can not simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and what is said is not the responsibility of the place where they are published", she said. "There can not be a case of all profit, no responsibility", she said, adding that she had received "some communication" from Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg on the matter.

Commissioner Mike Bush once again said authorities believe there was only one attacker, but added this didn't rule out other people who might have provided support to him.

Under New Zealand law, a trial is "to determine innocence or guilt", Peters said.

"Part of ensuring the safety of New Zealanders must include a frank examination of our gun laws", she said.

"We have been in contact with Facebook; they have given us updates on their efforts to have it removed, but as I say, it's our view that it can not - should not - be distributed, available, able to be viewed".


Lawyer Richard Peters, who was assigned to represent Brenton Harrison Tarrant at his initial court appearance on Saturday, told the New Zealand Herald that Tarrant dismissed him that day. "The fewer issues that are on the table, the less things you've got to talk about basically", Toy-Cronin said. Over the first 24 hours, Facebook took down some 1.5 mln versions of the original video, but it still can be viewed.

Erdogan has been using clips from Friday's attack to denounce Islamophobia ahead of March 31 local elections as he tries to stoke nationalist and religious sentiments.

"It is horrendous, and while they [Facebook] have given us those assurances, ultimately the responsibility sits with them."

A bomb hoax that closed Dunedin Airport on Sunday night and caused some flights to be diverted was under investigation, police said.

Islamic tradition calls for the cleansing and burial of bodies as soon as possible after death, but this has been delayed because of the slow process of identification and forensic documentation.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expected to return to Christchurch on Wednesday, where families raised concerns about the release of bodies during her visit last week.

Mohamed Safi, 23, whose father Matiullah Safi died at the Al Noor mosque, complained about the lack of information.

"There's nothing they are offering", the Afghan refugee said outside a family support center.

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