Flowers and signs are pictured at a memorial as a tribute to victims of the mosque attacks, near a police line outside Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch. File photo/ Reuters
New Zealand’s Royal Commission inquiry into deadly shooting attacks on two Christchurch mosques would report back to the government by Dec.10, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.
The inquiry would look into the suspected gunman’s activities, use of social media and international connections, as well as whether there was “inappropriate” priority setting in state counter terrorism resources.
“The Royal Commission plays a critical role in our ongoing response to fully understand what happened in the lead up to the attack and to ensure such an attack never happens again,” Ardern told reporters at Parliament.
A suspected white supremacist has been charged with 50 counts of murder over the Christchurch shootings on March 15 and will next appear in court in June.
Ardern has said the man had not been on any watch lists in New Zealand or Australia.
New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass shooting has shaken the country to its core and prompted the government to quickly tighten gun laws.
Ardern said the inquiry would look into whether security agencies had applied scrutiny to Muslim communities at the expense of far right groups.
“It is aimed directly at trying to pick up what has been a question raised in the aftermath of the terror attacks into whether or not resourcing was only focused on particular areas and whether or not that came at the cost of other areas, so yes we are directly trying to address that issue,” she said.
The commission would be led by William Young, a judge on New Zealand’s highest court, who would be given security clearances to look at information held by New Zealand’s intelligence agencies.
The inquiry would start considering evidence from May 13 and another inquirer would be appointed in April, Ardern said.
An inquiry into Christchurch’s mosques shooting massacre began hearing evidence on Monday, as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prepared to co-host a meeting in France that seeks global support to tackle online violence.
Thousands stood in silence in a Christchurch park on Friday as the names of 50 people shot dead in two mosques were read out at a national memorial service, with speakers calling for the legacy of the tragedy to be a kinder, more tolerant New Zealand.
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The Court of Appeal in Fujairah has looked into the murder case of an Asian worker by his colleague in a labour accommodation in the emirate. According to the police records, the defendant who was a flatmate of the victim, was consuming alcohol excessively with five others on the day of the incident. The defendant and the victim entered into a heated discussion. The accused assaulted the victim and stabbed him with a knife in the abdomen. The suspect was subsequently arrested by the police after an attempt to rescue the victim.
A personal assistant who snatched the ATM card of a person of determination and drained his bank account for having delayed his salary landed in court on Monday.
An investor sought the help of a relative and two other men in knifing a driver during a botched robbery bid, a court heard on Monday.
Under the keenness of the Sharjah Police General Directorate to constantly develop and improve the provided services, a smart vehicle service was activated to impound the violating vehicles in the central region, to be followed by the rest of the emirates.