Accused Christchurch shooter pleads not guilty to all charges in New Zealand court

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Jacinda Adern wears a headscarf in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks Photograph: Kirk Hargreaves/Christchurch City Council

Christchurch ‘terrorist’ pleads not guilty to all charges in New Zealand court over Mosque shootings

The Australian man accused of killing 51 worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand in March pleaded not guilty to all charges in court in Christchurch on Friday.

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BREAKING: MURDER PROBE LAUNCHED AFTER BODIES FOUND ‘IN FREEZER’ IN CANNING TOWN

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Scotland Yard has identified the second Canning Town victim found in a freezer in an east London flat, as Henriett Szucs, 34, originally from Hungary, who had not been heard from in three years

Detectives investigating the discovery of two women in a freezer in Canning Town have identified the second victim as Henriett Szucs, 34, who had not been heard from for three years.

Police confirmed tonight despite no one having heard from Henriett since the summer of 2016, she was never reported missing to them

Henriett, 34, was originally from Hungary and police say she had lived in the Uk for ‘several years’ (Image: FACEBOOK) a caption

Her remains were found along with missing mum Mary Jane Mustafa’s in a freezer in an east London flat.

Scotland Yard earlier confirmed the Hungarian national’s identity as detectives continue to try to piece together whether the women had any connection to one another and how they came to their grisly end in a freezer only a few feet wide.

Henriett was originally from Hungary and had lived in the UK for several years, but had no fixed address, police said.

Although no formal identification had yet taken place, her family is “devastated” by the news, the Metropolitan Police said.

Met Police have pictured the second victim
Henriett, 34, was originally from Hungary and police say she had lived in the Uk for ‘several years’ (Image: FACEBOOK)

Officers had last week confirmed the identity of the other woman found in the freezer was Mihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as ‘Mary Jane’ and ‘MJ.’

A murder inquiry was launched last month when the frozen bodies of two women were found in a chest freezer at the rundown flat in Canning Town, east London.

Polce said today the last time Henriett had been heard from was nearly three years ago in the summer of 2016 and they have appealed for information from anyone who had been in contact with her.

Mother-of-three Mary Jane had also been missing for almost a year before her body was found in the freezer.

She had left home last May with only her phone and £3 and vanished.

Police had been trying to trace Mary Jane, who lived in and frequented the Canning Town area, after her family had reported her missing.

Mary Jane Mustafa was the first victim to be identified (Image: Facebook)
Mary Jane Mustafa (Image: Facebook)

Post mortem examinations had been carried out on both women’s remains, the Met said.

“While no formal cause of death has been established, these have confirmed that MJ and Henriett suffered multiple injuries. Further tests are being carried out,” the Met said in a statement this evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:“Today we have been able to confirm to Henriett’s family that she is sadly one of the women found in the property at Vandome Close.

“They are of course devastated and we would ask for their privacy to be respected. MJ’s family continue to try to come to terms with their loss and we have specialist officers supporting both families.

Police guard the Canning Town flat where the two bodies were found (Image: Phil Harris / Daily Mirror)
Police made the grisly find in the freezer of the rundown flat (Image: PA)

“Now we know Henriett’s identity, we would appeal for anyone with information about her and in particular her association with the address in Vandome Close where she was found to come forward.

“We understand she was last heard from in the summer of 2016 when she spoke to somebody she knew in Hungary on the phone; we need to establish if that was the last known contact with Henriett and I would ask anyone who heard from her after that time to contact my team.

The east London street where the women’s bodies were found (Image: PA)
Police are still piecing together whether the two victims knew each other and how they came to wind up in the flat (Image: SWNS)

“We also continue to also ask for help to piece together the last movements of MJ’s life. We need to build up a full picture of both of these women’s lives, whether they knew each other, who they associated with and what they were doing in and around Vandome Close and the Canning Town area.

“The way in which they died is truly shocking and our heart goes out to these women’s friends and families.”

The Met has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in keeping with protocol as Mary Jane was a missing person.

Zarhid Younis, 34, has been remanded in custody charged with two counts of preventing a lawful and decent burial.
A man, 50, arrested on suspicion of murder has been released under investigation.

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Islamophobia, Racism and Politics of Intolerance ‘injuring’ Australia and Australians

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Australians will elect a new Parliament in less than two weeks, but many candidates have withdrawn from the race after making offensive remarks.CreditCreditLisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

ATTACKS ON MOSQUES, CHURCHES AND OTHER PLACES OF WORSHIP WORLDWIDE SHOWS OUR INTERCONNECTED WORLD IS GROWING MORE DANGEROUS – Crimson Tazvinzwa

If the devil Fraser Anning still be a politician in Australia and sit in the parliament instead of going to jail, there is something severely wrong in Australian politics, law, and state-system.

One candidate ranted about the danger of the “homosexual lifestyle.” Another called for the genital mutilation of non-Muslim women who support Islam. A third made light of rape, and yet another boasted that he had “done more Asian than I know what to do with.”

Nearly every day in the brief run-up to the Australian election on May 18, voters have confronted a new revelation of toxic speech by politicians, propagated largely on social media. The offensive remarks have forced at least six candidates for Parliament to quit, while many more linger like zombies — most of them from the conservative governing coalition and other parties on the right

Luke Creasey, second from the right, a Labor candidate who quit the race after making a joke about rape, is seen here with the party’s leader Bill Shorten, second from left.CreditEllen Smith/EPA, via Shutterstock

The Guardian already published that terrorism done by a few entities who misinterpret Islam is covered 357% more in media. And I believe in Australia it is covered more than 357% when in reality most of the terrorist acts are done by non-Muslims.

Australia was founded by killing and oppressing indigenous communities. Scott Morrison capitalized on Islamophobia to come to power. The country is build on hate. Fortunately, most of the present-day Australians are regular innocent people who condemn islamophobia and want to live in harmony.

Yet, devils like Pauline Hanson and Fraser Anning are able to sit in the parliament and promote racism. This is brutal and horrifying. This is the result of the indifference of Australian people. This is the result of world media who promote islamophobia. This is the result of indifference of world leaders towards islamophobia. Please take action in a way you can.

Please remember, the kind of killing of Muslims happened in Christchurch New Zealand will trigger the violence of radical islamist groups. Both the lives of Muslims and non-Muslims are at stake here. Please remember, in Quran, God/Allah said no person has the right to judge another human being and no person can be revengeful.

The extreme approaches of Shariah Law are man-made they are not from Quran. It is clear in Quran that only God/Allah is able to decide who will go to heaven or hell. What you hear about Muhammad being a war-lord is nothing but ill-conceived and agenda-driven misinterpretations.

We humans have no right to judge other human beings. I am not talking against the rule of law in a country here. The rule of law and constitution must exist. It is the best way we human can live in a peaceful way. I am talking about the hateful misinterpretations of Islam based on which Australian politicians are capitalizing.

Faith is personal, and it should always remain personal.

A politician of a democracy must not play politics with someone’s faith and no media platform should promote the play of politics when it harms faith. It’s time for us to go beyond race, creed, and gender identities, otherwise Muslims and non-Muslims and Christians will suffer and death will become obvious.

No time for indifference. It’s not the time to watch Captain Marvel, it’s the time to break the bubble of your comfort zone and do something for humanity.

Otherwise, it will be you next.

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THE 2019 TIME 100 LIST

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Here’s How We Chose the 2019 TIME 100

Crimson Tazvinzwa, AIWA! NO!||The women are listed alongside Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Jacinda Arden on the annual list. The annual list includes TIME’s 100 most influential pioneers, leaders, titans, artists and icons of 2019.

And Donald Trump. Of Course.

Edward Felsenthal is the Editor-in-Chief of TIME||Near the end of Tara Westover’s breakout memoir, Educated, she pauses on a timeless question, “Who writes history?” Decades from now when we look back at this era, it’s a fair bet that the answer will be many of the people on this year’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Among them is Westover herself, who has captivated readers with her astonishing journey from the mountains of Idaho to Cambridge and Harvard universities, and beyond.

Westover is self-taught, but her impact on the world has been to educate the rest of us—about the silos we live in and the obstacles faced by so many in our society. We all have teachers, some we know intimately, others who inspire from the page or the screen. This holds true even for the most accomplished people on earth. Our annual TIME 100 issue is filled with tributes from teachers to students; in many cases, the surprise is who is playing which role today.

Warren Buffett praises the leadership of LeBron James, whom he met (on a basketball court!) more than a decade ago. Legendary chef Alice Waters recounts how rising food-world star Samin Nosrat—who began her career working for Waters—helped show her how to cook with care. London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s swift, compassionate response to the shootings at Christchurch mosques “an inspiration to us all.” Viola Davis reveals her lifelong admiration for fellow Oscar winner Regina King, praising her for elevating artists of colour and “making me feel seen.” And Bill Gates, whose upbringing could not be more different from Tara Westover’s, shares what she taught him about overcoming our divides.

Photographs by Pari Dukovic for TIME

In many ways, these connections—forged across and among industries—are the heart of the TIME 100, which now, in its 16th year, is far more than a list. It is a community of hundreds of global leaders, many of whom support and challenge one another. And at a time when so many of our problems require cross-disciplinary solutions, they are also uniquely positioned to effect change. “When you connect extraordinary people,” says Dan Macsai, editorial director of the TIME 100, “they can do even more extraordinary things.”

This year, for the first time, we have invited some members of our TIME 100 community to speak at a TIME 100 Summit in New York City. Joining us will be participants from the worlds of politics and business—including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and former Senator Bob Corker—as well as amazing artists, scientists, actors and activists who reflect the remarkable breadth of the TIME 100. Our goal is to spotlight the progress these individuals are making and encourage collaboration toward a better world. “We are only as good as the people that we have around us,” says chef and activist José Andrés, a two-time TIME 100 honoree, who will speak at the summit about how to improve disaster relief. “TIME 100 makes all become one.”

You can learn more about it at time100summit.com and watch it live, starting at 9:30 a.m. E.T. on April 23, at time.com/summit.

I hope you find this year’s TIME 100 as illuminating and inspiring as I do.

Contact us at editors@time.com.

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New Zealand ‘terror’ suspect charged with 49 more mosque murders

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Jacinda Adern wears a headscarft in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks Photograph: Kirk Hargreaves/Christchurch City Council

The suspected white supremacist was charged with an additional 49 counts of murder at two mosques in mid-March – AIWA! NO!

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – Australian Brenton Tarrant appeared in a New Zealand court on Friday where the suspected white supremacist was charged with an additional 49 counts of murder at two mosques last month.People visit a memorial site for victims of the shooting, in front of Christchurch Botanic Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

In an attack broadcast live on Facebook, a lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons targeted Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch on March 15, killing 50 worshippers and wounding dozens of people.

Tarrant, who was charged with one murder a day after the shooting attack, was also charged with 39 attempted murders on Friday.

The High Court judge overseeing the appearance ordered Tarrant to undergo a mental assessment to determine whether he was fit to stand trial. He was not required to submit a plea.

Tarrant, 28, has been moved to New Zealand’s only maximum-security prison in Auckland and appeared at the Christchurch High Court through a video link.

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Tarrant was then remanded to custody until June 14.

High Court Judge Cameron Mander said whether Tarrant would be required to enter a plea at his next appearance depended on his mental health assessment and “any other developments”.

Legal experts said two mental health experts would likely assess Tarrant, while police, who have not ruled out further charges, would continue to investigate New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass killing.

Prison officials say Tarrant is under 24-hour surveillance with no access to media, according to news reports.

He appeared via video handcuffed and seated, wearing a grey prison t-shirt. He listened calmly throughout the hearing, which lasted roughly 20 minutes.

Around two dozen family members of victims and some survivors of the attacks were present in the courtroom.

“The man had no emotion,” said Tofazzal Alam, a regular at one of the mosques, when asked about seeing the suspect on video.

Tarrant would be represented by two Auckland lawyers, one of them, Shane Tait, said in a statement on his website, which did not include any comments on the case.

Tait on Friday said he was arranging for his client to receive psychiatric assessment and that the process would take “some months”, according to court minutes.

“As I observed at this morning’s hearing, that is a usual and regular step for counsel to take at this point in the proceeding,” said Judge Mander.

Media had reported that Tarrant wished to represent himself and legal experts have said he may try to use the hearings as a platform to present his ideology and beliefs.

“If he has lawyers, he will be speaking a lot less in court,” said Graeme Edgeler, a Wellington-based barrister and legal commentator. “He can still give evidence…that’s possible, but if he’s represented by lawyers and it goes to trial he won’t be asking questions of people.”

Although journalists were able to attend and take notes, coverage of the hearing was restricted, with media only allowed to publish pixilated images of Tarrant that obscure his face. The judge also suppressed the names of people he was alleged to have attempted to murder.

‘ALL HUMANS’

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labeled the massacre an act of terrorism and quickly introduced tough new firearm laws which banned semi-automatic weapons.

Muslims worldwide have praised New Zealand’s response to the massacre, with many singling out Ardern’s gesture of wearing a headscarf to meet victims’ families and urging the country to unite with the call: “We are one.”

Thousands of visitors to the reopened Al Noor mosque, where 42 people were killed, have offered condolences and sought to learn more about Islam, said Israfil Hossain, who recites the daily call to prayer there.

“They are coming from far just to say sorry … although they never did anything to us,” said Hossain, 26.

On Thursday, a group of Carmelite nuns stood for the first time inside a mosque, holding back tears as they talked with worshippers about the two faiths.

“Everybody has their own problems and they have their own ideas about religions, and that’s fine, and we should all have that, we’re all different,” said one nun, Sister Dorothea.

“But we’re all humans and that’s the most important thing, our humanity.”

Reporting by Praveen Menon in CHRISTCHURCH; Additional reporting by Charlotte Greenfield in WELLINGTON; Editing by Darren Schuettler, Peter Cooney, Daniel Wallis and Michael PerryOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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