New Zealand: Motive behind terrorist attack on mosques
More revelations have surfaced about the suspect involved in last year’s attacks on New Zealand mosques. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, the trial of Brenton Trent, an Australian citizen accused of attacking mosques, has begun in a Christchurch court which will continue for four days.
During the hearing, precautionary measures were taken to prevent Coronavirus infection. The courtroom was empty and several people watched the court proceedings on the video link in other courtrooms. According to British media, the police produced the accused in the court in prison clothes and the accused remained silent during the hearing.
During the hearing, the prosecutor revealed that the accused Brenton Trent also wanted to target the third mosque, in addition to setting fire to mosques and killing as many people as possible. The prosecutor told the court that the accused had started planning attacks in recent years with the aim of wreaking havoc.
The prosecutor said that the accused had collected information about mosques in New Zealand, including the floor plan of the mosques, their location and other details, while the accused intended to target people while they were engaged in worship.
The prosecutor added that a few months before the attacks, the suspect went to Christchurch, where he flew a drone over his first target, the Al-Noor Mosque. The suspect also planned to target the Ashburton Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Center.
According to the prosecutor, the accused opened fire on people in the street before attacking the mosques, who turned to the mosque to save their lives. The prosecutor said in a statement to police after the arrest that the attack on mosques was part of his plan to set them on fire.
According to British media, the accused has been charged with 51 murders, 40 attempted murders and terrorism, for which he is facing life imprisonment without any parole.
According to the British media, the accused could be sentenced to 17 years in prison. However, the High Court judge hearing the case has the power to sentence the accused to life imprisonment without parole. Has never been sentenced in New Zealand before.
It should be noted that on March 15, 2019, mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were attacked during Friday prayers, in which the accused Australian citizen entered two mosques and opened fire indiscriminately, killing 50 people and injuring several others.
Meanwhile, the terrorist was telecasting the video of the attack live on social media from a camera mounted on his helmet. The Bangladesh cricket team was also present in Christchurch at the time of the attacks, which survived the attack, but nine Pakistanis were killed.
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