Anger after letter from accused Christchurch shooter found online

The man accused of carrying out one of New Zealand’s most “heinous crimes” in history successfully sent a letter to a friend, which was then uploaded online.

Brenton Tarrant, the person allegedly behind the Christchurch mosque shootings, was able to send a note from his prison cell, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Corrections from the country's maximum security prison have since admitted the letter should have been withheld by officials.

In a statement, a spokesperson conceded the letter should never have been sent, stating the processes applying to Tarrant have been changed since the letter became publicised.

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis told the publication the prison had “never had to manage a prisoner like this before”, and stated such an incident “cannot happen again”.

Tarrant shown during a court appearance in March at the Christchurch District Court. Source: AAP

In the six-page letter, reportedly uploaded to the website 4chan, the 28-year-old responded to one sent to him from a person named Alan, who was believed to live in Russia.

The publication claimed the alleged killer wrote about his political and social views, but refrained from going into too much detail over fear of having the letter confiscated.

He also wrote of his Russian travels, and referred to the country as his “favourite place in the world”, explaining his desire to visit again, but resistance because “life isn’t about travelling”.

The accused shooter also reportedly told his recipient he could find photographs from his trip “in an archived or saved version” of his Facebook, as his page had been deleted by the social media site.

He thanked “Alan” for the stamps, which he said were the only signs of colour in his “otherwise grey cell” and that he had hid them from the guards.

Tarrant in court surrounded by police while wearing a prison dress. Source: AAP

News of the letter being published online emerged the day before Tarrant’s next scheduled High Court appearance in Christchurch.

He faces 51 murder charges, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge laid under the Terrorism Suppression Act –– he has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Tarrant is accused of killing 51 worshippers at Masjid Al Noor and the Linwood Islamic Centre during Friday prayer on March 15.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned Tarrant’s “hateful views” being sent via post to be shared online.

Speaking to media in Tuvalu, in the South Pacific, Ms Ardern said it was “obvious” he had a “very specific goal in mind in terms of sharing his propaganda”.

“We should have been prepared for that,” she said.

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