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New Zealand shooter told ‘true justice’ awaits him in next life | New Zealand News

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The father of slain three-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim, the youngest victim in the 2019 New Zealand mosque shootings, told the white supremacist who gunned down his son that “true justice” awaited him in the next life, as statements from survivors and family members wrapped up one day ahead of sentencing.

“You have killed my son and to me, it is as if you have killed the whole of New Zealand,” Aden Ibrahim Diriye said on Wednesday in a statement read by a family member addressed to the gunman, Brenton Tarrant.

“Know that true justice is waiting for you in the next life and that will be far more severe. I will never forgive you for what you have done.”

Tarrant, a 29-year-old Australian, will be sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty to 51 murders, 40 attempted murders, and one charge of committing a terrorist act during the 2019 shooting rampage in the city of Christchurch, which he livestreamed on Facebook.

A murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison. The judge can impose a life term without parole, a sentence that has never been used in New Zealand.

Court officials said Tarrant will not speak in court before his sentencing. He has directed a standby counsel appointed by the court to make a brief statement.

Most severe sentence

Survivors and victims’ families have addressed the court this week and many urged the judge to sentence Tarrant to the most severe punishment.

Diriye, who came to New Zealand 25 years ago as a refugee from Somalia, told the court his son had been robbed of a future.

“He used to engage and play with the police; at home, he would run around the house pretending to be a cop and wear police uniform. We thought one day he might become a police officer,” he said.

While most of Tarrant’s victims were at Al Noor mosque, including Mucaad Ibrahim, he also killed seven people at the Linwood mosque.

The death toll would likely have been higher if it weren’t for Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah, who was commended for his courage on Wednesday by High Court Judge Cameron Mander after confronting Tarrant at the Linwood mosque.

Wahabzadah told the court he did not want the gunman to enter the mosque, which was packed with 80 to 100 people, on the day of the attack [John Kirk-Anderson/Reuters]

After shots rang out in the mosque, Wahabzadah engaged Tarrant outside, throwing a bank-card reader at him and drawing fire when the gunman returned to his car, loaded with high-powered weapons, ammunition, and incendiary devices.

“I didn’t want him to go inside the mosque because we had 80-100 people praying at that time,” Wahabzadah said.

He took cover and weaved through parked cars to prevent Tarrant from getting a clear shot. Tarrant’s plan frustrated, he left quickly in his car and was detained en route to a third mosque.

Ahad Nabi, who lost his 71-year-old father in the attack, stared at Tarrant before delivering a passionate statement demanding that Tarrant should “never walk free for his cowardly actions”.

“You are weak – a sheep with a wolf’s jacket on for only 10 minutes of your whole life,” said Nabi, referring to the shooting rampage.



Source – www.aljazeera.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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