The man accused of killing 50 people in a mosque in New Zealand last month will face charges for each person he killed in addition to 39 counts of attempted murder.
The 28-year-old Australian is scheduled to appear in court on Friday; he has reportedly complained about his treatment while in prison after being denied the privilege of making calls or seeing visitors.
Before attacking the worshipers, the mass-murderer emailed out a racist, Nazi-inspired manifesto praising the president of the United States as a “pillar of white identity.”
Back in Australia, the lawmaker who infamously made Islamophobic comments immediately following the shooting has been formally censured by his government.
Senator Fraser Anning immediately took to Twitter after the shooting, writing, “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?” insinuating that the victims of the attack were somehow to blame for their own deaths.
He went on to write that, “The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.”
Of course, in reality, not only was the shooter not Muslim but was, in fact, a white Australian.
On Tuesday, Anning doubled down on his comments ahead of the official censure.
His colleagues, however, did not seem to agree, and proceeded with the censure days later.
Australia’s first female Muslim senator, Mehreen Faruqi, addressed the Senate regarding Anning’s comments.
“Sadly, what Senator Anning said after the Christchurch massacre, however shocking it is, it isn’t out of character. Just a week before I joined this place, he gave a speech calling for a ban on people like me coming to this country and for a white Australia policy. He even invoked the despicable Final Solution in his speech.”Faruqi
The Final Solution was a euphemism for the Nazi plan to eliminate the Jewish people through total genocide.