Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant could be transferred to Australia to serve his life sentence in a move that would cost Aussie taxpayers millions, Scott Morrison reveals
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he is open to the idea of transferring Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant to Australia.
The killer was on Thursday jailed for life without parole for gunning down 51 worshippers at two mosques last year.
New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters wants Tarrant, who is Australian, to serve his sentence in Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he is open to the idea of transferring Christchurch terrorist Brenton Tarrant (pictured) to Australia
On Friday Mr Morrison said ‘we’re open to that discussion.’
‘I know all Australians and New Zealanders want to see this character locked up to never see the light of day again – I agree with that,’ he told Sunrise.
‘Whether he is held in New Zealand or Australia, we’re open to that discussion.’
There would need to be some changes to legal arrangements between Australia and New Zealand for the transfer to happen.
New Zealand is not a signed up to a prisoner transfer deal.
Mr Morrison said he and Ms Ardern would work through the issues involved.
‘It has a lot of implications, these sorts of decisions. The Prime Minister of New Zealand and I will talk about those issues,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘Mostly, we’re concerned about what the views of the families would be, of those affected, and we want to do the right thing by them.’
‘There has been no request made for that (transfer), I should stress.’