Christchurch Shooting Suspect Files Official Complaint About Prison Treatment
Brenton Tarrant, the 28 year-old Australian citizen accused of committing the massacres at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre has filed a formal complaint about his treatment in prison.
The alleged murderer is currently being held at Auckland Prison and, according to stuff.co.nz has been isolated from other prisoners and is being observed 24 hours a day by CCTV.
A Corrections source told stuff.co.nz that Tarrant has been denied access to radio, television or newspapers.
The suspect has made a complaint to the Department of Corrections that he is being denied basic rights because he has been denied visitation and access to phone calls.
While the minimum entitlements laid out in the Corrections Act stipulate that prisoners should have access to at least one five-minute phone call per week and at least half an hour of visitation, prisons are able to revoke these rights if the security of the prison is threatened or the health or safety of the person is threatened.
The Department of Corrections told 10 Daily that he is "being managed in accordance with the provisions set out in the Corrections Act 2004 and our international obligations for the treatment of prisoners."
However, Corrections stated that no further details can be provided for security reasons.
Tarrant is currently being held on the charge of one murder but more charges are expected to follow, including attempted murder charges for the 50 people who were wounded in the massacre. However, it is still unclear whether he will face terrorism-related charges.
Tarrant is due to appear in the High Court of New Zealand on April 5 and will be representing himself.