Christchurch mosques terrorist bins lawyer

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The Australian terrorist convicted of murdering 51 people in the Christchurch mosques massacre has dumped his lawyer.

Wellington-based lawyer Tony Ellis told news outlet Stuff that Brenton Tarrant had disposed of his services, just a week after saying he might appeal his life sentence.

Dr Ellis declined to give reasons for his axing, citing "professional ethics rules".

Tarrant, who grew up in the NSW town of Grafton, was convicted after pleading guilty in March 2020 to the murders, as well as 40 attempted murders and a charge of terrorism from a 2019 rampage at two mosques.

In September 2020 he was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

Last week, through Dr Ellis, Tarrant alleged his guilty plea came after "inhumane or degrading treatment while on remand" awaiting trial, and he was investigating an appeal.

The move was met with derision, including from Al Noor mosque imam Gamal Fouda who said Tarrant wanted to "become famous and (was) grandstanding".

New Zealand's worst mass shooting is currently the subject of a coroner's investigation.

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