Mosque gunman will spend life in prison isolation, says New Zealand

Daniel Fowler
March 24, 2019

At rallies, Erdogan has also called on New Zealand to restore the death penalty.

"If we don't show our reaction in a strong manner, the neo-Nazi virus will engulf the body even more", Mr. Erdogan said.

"We are returning home to New Zealand with a grateful assurance that our people will come here to commemorate Anzac and will be as welcome as they always were", Mr. Peters said.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters arrived in Istanbul on Friday to talk to Erdogan about the footage and comments he has made on the shooting of 50 people at mosques in Christchurch a week ago, which have drawn condemnation from New Zealand and Australia.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Wednesday its foreign minister will travel to Turkey to "confront" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his remarks on the Cristchurch shooting, a day after Peters announced he would be travelling to Turkey at Istanbul's request to attend a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

They called on countries with Muslim communities and minorities to refrain from statements and actions that associate Islam with "terror, extremism and threats".

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"The empathy and solidarity shown by Ardern towards Muslims should be an example for all world leaders". He screened photographs of New Zealanders mourning the victims.

New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters protested on Monday that such politicisation of the massacre "imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas, and it's totally unfair".

Peters said he did not feel a need to discuss the Turkish leader s use of the attack video as he understood the president had stopped using it.

"Our police have started the largest investigation in our history", said Peters, who had earlier condemned Erdogan's airing of the footage as risking endangering New Zealanders overseas. We would like to assure that all foreign guests intending to visit Turkey, including our Anzac brothers and sisters, are most welcome to our country.

Two hours later, however, Erdogan paused his speech at an election rally in the central province of Konya so that the audience could watch the video footage of the shootings that the alleged gunman had broadcasted on Facebook on March 15.

"I do not accept the excuses that have been offered for those comments", Morrison told reporters after he met with the Turkish ambassador.

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