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New Zealand acknowledges rulings prior to 2019 supremacist attack

Sydney (Australia), Dec 8 (EFE) .- The New Zealand Government acknowledged on Tuesday that rulings were made before the 2019 supremacist attack against two mosques in which 51 people died, after the presentation of an exhaustive report by a commission special about the slaughter. The report states that the authorities were focused “almost exclusively” on Islamic terrorism when the Australian Brenton Tarrant committed the attack with semi-automatic and military-style weapons and also broadcast part of this attack live on social networks in which he also wounded 40 people. “Nothing in this report or that has happened in the courts, nor what we have done or will do in Parliament will return what was taken away that day, but I hope that each of those steps brings us closer to justice and change.” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who spoke in Arabic “peace be with you.” ALMOST EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT ISLAMIC TERRORISM The 792-page report explains that Tarrant, an Islamophobic supremacist, sent an email to the New Zealand Parliament eight minutes before launching the attack on March 15, 2019 at a time when there was an “inappropriate concentration “of resources in the fight against Islamic terrorism. “The Royal Commission found no fault in any government body that would have allowed it to detect the planning and preparation on the part of the author of the attack,” Ardern remarked in Parliament, where the report was presented today. However, “there were failures anyway and for that I apologize,” added the president, who has been praised for her empathy and management after the attack, which occurred in broad daylight on a Friday when Muslims used to go to mosques to pray. Before the tragedy in the peaceful city of Christchurch, Tarrant was able to plan the massacre for 18 months, acquire the weapons and ammunition, as well as post an extremist ideology on social media. The commission noted that the New Zealand Police did not meet the standards for issuing gun licenses and failed to adequately assess the fact that an acquaintance of Tarrant “knew of his racist and Islamophobic views.” For this ruling, Police Chief Andrew Coster apologized “unreservedly”, admitting that he “could do more” to assess whether Tarrant was fit to carry firearms. ISOLATED AND LINKED TO THE EXTREME RIGHT Tarrant, a personal trainer who had migrated to New Zealand in 2017, used anabolic steroids and testosterone to build muscle mass throughout that time, while avoiding social contacts, although he made three trips to Australia or countries like Romania, Poland or Estonia. The report also indicates that the 30-year-old Australian, who was sentenced last August in New Zealand to life in prison without bail, was inspired by Anders Breivik, the author of the 2011 Norwegian bombings, which killed 77 people and left wounded another hundred. The text also states that this attack cost Tarrant about 60,000 New Zealand dollars (42,183 US dollars or 34,828 euros), who also made donations to far-right organizations and visited the Facebook page of the supremacist group “The Lads Society”. “What most stood out (the report) was the terrorist’s statement that ‘he was not a frequent commentator on far-right sites and that YouTube was an important source of information and inspiration for him,'” said the prime minister, who expressed the intention to discuss this matter with executives of the Google-owned platform. MUSLIM REACTION Muslim leaders from the Canterbury region, to which Christchurch belongs, met Tuesday at the Al Noor Mosque, which was with the supremacist’s white Linwood, amid mixed feelings about the report. “It is clear that as a country we have a lot of work to do,” said the general secretary of the Linwood mosque, Faisal Sayed, in statements collected by the Stuff portal, while the imam of Al Noor, Gamal Founda, advocated for religious freedoms . “(The tragedy) has shown the world the best of who we are and what we can be,” said the Muslim leader, stressing that time and collaboration will be needed to implement the recommendations. But Temel Atacogu, who was shot nine times in Al Noor, told Stuff that authorities could have detained the attacker as he moved from one mosque to another during the attack, but they did not. “I want the police, intelligence agencies, justice ministers, the government and the prime minister to be held accountable,” claimed Atacogu. Rocío Otoya (c) Agencia EFE

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