Suspect in New Zealand mosque shooting fires lawyer, plans to represent himself: Report
The suspect in the New Zealand mosque massacre has reportedly dismissed his lawyer and plans to represent himself in court.
According to a Herald report Monday, this decision raises the specter of Mr. Tarrant using the trial as a political soapbox. Before 50 Muslims were shot to death and dozens more wounded in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, Mr. Tarrant published a lengthy white-supremacist manifesto detailing plans to attack those mosques and explaining why.
“What did seem apparent to me is he seemed quite clear and lucid, whereas this may seem like very irrational behavior,” Mr. Peters told the Herald.
“He didn’t appear to me to be facing any challenges or mental impairment, other than holding fairly extreme views,” the lawyer said of his now-former client.