The court postponed the trial from May 4 to June 2, 2020 to avoid concurrence with Ramadan month.
Rabat – The trial of Brenton Tarrant, the terrorist who conducted mass shootings on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, will take place on June 2, 2020. The court moved the date from May 4 of the same year to avoid concurrence with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, reported the New Zealand Herald.
The New Zealander news outlet explained that many victims and members of their family “could still be abroad on a pilgrimage bankrolled by the Saudi king.”
The terrorist’s defence team had no objection to the change of the date.
Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, is facing 92 charges, 51 of them for murder, 40 for attempted murder, and one for terrorism.
On March 15, 2019, the terrorist engaged in two consecutive mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayer. The attacks began at Al Noor mosque, at 1:40 pm, and continued at Linwood Islamic Centre at about 1:55 pm. Tarrant live-streamed the first attack on Facebook. The attacks left 51 people dead and more than 40 injured.
Days before the attacks, Tarrant shared a manifesto entitled “The Great Replacement.” In the 74 pages of the manifesto, the terrorist explains his reasoning for committing the attacks and invites other “ethno-nationalists” to join him in his fight against “the immigrants invading [their] lands.”
Tarrant’s xenophobe theory claims that “the white race” will become a minority because “the immigrants” have high fertility rates. The terrorist also explains that New Zealand “represents diversity,” which is why he chose it as the scene of his crimes.