The gunman who killed 51 people in the 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks has reportedly dropped legal challenges over his prison conditions and his status as a “terrorist entity”.

A document released by Justice Geoffrey Venning showed Brenton Tarrant had withdrawn his application, the New Zealand Herald reported on Friday. The document was not immediately available from the court.

White supremacist Tarrant was last August jailed for life without parole for the murder of 51 people and attempted murder of 40 others at two mosques in Christchurch on 15 March 15, 2019, the worst mass shooting in the country’s history.

Tarrant, an Australian national, is the only person in New Zealand to have been designated as a terrorist. He had launched the legal challenge last week and was due to represent himself but failed to appear in court for the hearing.

He had requested a judicial review, which looks at whether decisions have been made appropriately within the law, of his access to mail and news while in prison and his designation as a terrorist entity, and was not appealing against his sentence.

He remains in a maximum security prison in Auckland, where he is in solitary confinement.


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