New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised on 19 Mar 2019 Tuesday that the man responsible for last week’s Mosque attack in Christchurch New Zealand would face “the full force of the law”, as she vowed never to utter his name.
“He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety — that is why you will never hear me mention his name,” Jacinda Ardern said in an emotional address to a special meeting of parliament, which she opened with the Arabic greeting “as salaam aleikum” which means ‘peace be upon you’.
“I implore you, Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them,” Jacinda Ardern told the gathering in Wellington, four days after the massacre in the southern city of Christchurch.
“He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless,” Jacinda Ardern said.
Australian gunman Brenton Tarrant was captured by police and has been charged with one count of murder, but Jacinda Ardern assured parliament other charges would follow.
“He will face the full force of the law in New Zealand,” she said.
Jacinda Ardern has promised reforms to New Zealand gun laws which allowed Brenton Tarrant to legally purchase the weapons he used in the attack, including semi-automatic rifles.
And she announced a full review of how the Australian — an avowed white supremacist — was able to plan and carry out the attacks in New Zealand under the radar of security services.
“The person who committed these acts was not from here. He was not raised here. He did not find his ideology here. But that is not to say that those very same views do not live here,” she said.