Official Inquiry into Christchurch Attacks Released: Timeline | New Zealand

The Royal Commission was tasked with investigating whether the attacks in which 51 died could have been avoided.

New Zealand released the report of a Royal Commission investigation into the shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March 2019 in which 51 people were killed and many injured as they gathered for Friday prayers .

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern commissioned the investigation soon after the attacks to determine if anything could have been done to prevent the atrocity and what should be done to ensure that no similar attack occurs in the future . The final report was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.

In August, the gunman, Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, was sentenced to life without parole, the first time a judge in New Zealand had sent a convict to jail for the remainder of his life. life.

Here is a timeline of events:

March 15, 2019

A heavily armed gunman attacks two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 Muslim men, women and children and injuring many more who had gathered for Friday prayers. He is apprehended by the police on his way to a third mosque.

March 16, 2019

Australian national Brenton Tarrant is charged with one count of murder in Christchurch court. He is dismissed without plea.

March 25, 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern orders a royal commission, a large official public inquiry, into the shooting. It will examine if anything could have been done to prevent this attack and what should be done to prevent such attacks in the future.

March 26, 2020

Tarrant turns his plea to guilt.

April 5, 2019

Tarrant is charged with 49 other counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder.

April 10, 2019

New Zealand lawmakers almost unanimously vote to change gun laws, banning some of the large capacity semi-automatic weapons used by Tarrant in the attack.

April 22, 2020

The deadline for the Royal Commission report has been extended to July 31, allowing for delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A week before that deadline, it’s extended again – until November 26.

Al Noor Gamal Fouda Mosque Imam (right) and Tu Tangata Biker Club President Derek Tait exchange hongi outside the Christchurch Mosque following the March 2019 attacks [Mark Baker/AP Photo]

May 21, 2019

New Zealand police charge Tarrant with terrorism, the first time such a charge has been brought in the country’s history.

June 14, 2019

Tarrant pleads not guilty to all 92 counts.

Aug 24, 2020

The gunman walks past a Christchurch court, with many families of the victims seeing Tarrant in person for the first time.

Noraini Abbas Milne (right), mother of Sayyad, a victim of the mosque shooting, 14, delivers her victim impact statement during the shooter’s sentencing hearing in August [John Kirk-Anderson/Pool Photo via AP Photo]

August 27, 2020

The judge issues Tarrant a life sentence without parole, the first time a New Zealand court has sentenced someone to prison for the rest of their life.

November 26, 2020

The Royal Commission submits its final report to Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy. The government says it will release it on December 8.

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