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New Zealand mosque gunman sacks lawyers ahead of sentencing

The Muslim Times

By Associated Press Reporter
a group of people walking in front of a building: The gunman responsible for deadly attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has sacked his lawyers (PA)© Provided by PA Media The gunman responsible for deadly attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has sacked his lawyers (PA)

The Australian white supremacist who has admitted killing 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is sentenced next month.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 29, pleaded guilty in March to 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism following the attacks in Christchurch last year.

On Monday, his lawyers asked the High Court in Christchurch for permission to withdraw as Tarrant’s counsel, which they said he had requested.

The session was attended by some shooting survivors, with sentencing scheduled to begin on August 24 and running for up to three days.

Tarrant participated in Monday’s proceedings by video-link from jail in Auckland.

Justice Cameron Mander approved Tarrant’s request to…

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