Jacinda Ardern Seeking Advice On Brenton Tarrant Deportation
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is seeking advice on whether to deport the man accused of conducting a terror attack in Christchurch.
Australian man Brenton Tarrant had been living in Dunedin before going on an alleged killing spree at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
He is due to be charged and prosecuted in New Zealand over the attack that left 50 people dead and another 50 injured.
“He will certainly face the justice system of New Zealand for the terrorist attack that he has committed here,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters.
Reporters asked the PM whether Tarrant was likely to be deported to Australia and she told them that it is early days but she is considering all options.
“I don’t want to go too far down that track while we’re obviously in early stages. Charges have been laid, we can expect additional charges, he’ll be appearing in the High Court on the 5th of April, so there’s obviously a process that needs to be gone through here,” Adern said.
“But I can say I am seeking advice o what will happen.”
"What I can say is that in the cases where we have seen deportation, it is generally at the conclusion of sentence being served,” she added.
Tarrant, 28, who was living in Dunedin but is from Grafton, NSW has been charged with one count of murder.
He did not require a visa to enter New Zealand because as an Australian he was able to enter the country and live without one.
He will face further charges before he next appears in court on April 5.
He did not apply for bail when he was before the court on Saturday.
Ms Ardern said he was being held in a specialist security facility.
Ms Ardern also confirmed she had been emailed the so-called manifesto just minutes before the attack at 1.42pm on Friday.
"I was one of more than 30 recipients of the manifesto that was mailed out in nine minutes before the attack took place," she said.
"It did not include a location, it did not include specific details. I am advised that within two minutes of its receipt at my office it was conveyed directly to Parliamentary security."
She said it did not provide details that could have been acted upon immediately.
"Unfortunately, there were no such details in that email."
The NZ cabinet will meet on Monday, where the Christchurch situation will be discussed.
"Gun policy is one of them, but yes, the issue around watch lists and how we can surely give assurances to the public that our agencies have the tools they need, all of that will be on the table tomorrow."
Tarrant was not on any watchlist in Australia or New Zealand.