New Zealand shooter sent a letter from prison to Russia and predicted a "big conflict"
Brenton Tarrant, who is accused of killing 51 people in mosques in New Zealand, wrote a letter from prison to a certain Alan from Russia. It is reported by Dozhd TV channel, citing the Associated Press. The letter itself is published on the 4chan website.
The six-page letter is dated July 4th. In it, Tarrant talks about a month-long trip to Russia in 2015, and also warns of the impending "big conflict." The AP notes that the letter contains expressions that can be interpreted as “a call to arms.” In addition, Tarrant thanks Alan for the postage stamps, which he apparently sent to him, quotes Plato and other philosophers who inspired him, and regrets that he cannot give free rein to feelings, since prison guards can confiscate his letter.
New Zealand's Minister of Corrections, Calvin Davis, said the prison authorities should not have allowed Tarrant to send a message. "I made it clear that this should not be repeated," he said. According to the management, whose text is quoted by the New Zealand Herald, Tarrant’s letter should have been detained, however, since sending mail is one of the minimum rights of prisoners, and letters can only be detained by the director of the prison in a limited number of cases, this did not happen. The department also noted that the prisoner’s mail management system has already been amended to make the monitoring process "as effective as necessary."
On March 15, armed people immediately after the afternoon prayer entered the Al Nur and Lynwood mosques located in Christchurch next door and blocked the front doors. Witnesses reported that at the time of the capture, about 200 and 300 people remained in mosques, respectively. After that, shots rang out, as a result of which 51 people died, about 50 were injured.
Law enforcement officers who arrived at the scene arrested three people on suspicion of organizing attacks, but only Tarrant was charged with the attack. At the same time, the attack was accompanied by a live broadcast, a manifesto, as well as the mention of memes and famous bloggers. Journalists suggest that the shooter deliberately left many references and "traps for the media" to be discussed even more.
During the 17-minute stream, the actions of the Australian were actively discussed on 8chan and Reddit, where a link also appeared. Earlier, Tarrant left the 73-page manifesto, where he spoke about the initial plan to attack three mosques, explained his motivation and named sources of inspiration. Tarrant is in a maximum security prison, but does not admit his guilt. The case will be decided in May 2020. After the terrorist attack in Christchurch, the government announced its intention to ban the circulation of assault and semi-automatic rifles, as well as spend up to $ 200 million to buy weapons from the population.