New Zealand man pleads guilty to abusing Muslims at Christchurch mosque

In this April 5, 2019 photo, an armed police officer (R) stands guard outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Al Noor was one of two mosques where some 50 people were killed by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman on March 15. (AFP file photo)
Updated 12 April 2019
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New Zealand man pleads guilty to abusing Muslims at Christchurch mosque

  • Daniel Nicholas Tuapawa was caught on video outside the Al Noor Mosque yelling abusive comments on Muslims
  • He was charged in court with disorderly behavior that was “likely to cause violence"

CHRISTCHURCH: A 33-year-old New Zealand man pleaded guilty Friday to harassing Muslims outside one of the Christchurch mosques where dozens were gunned down in a massacre last month, but said he can’t remember anything about it.
Daniel Nicholas Tuapawa was said to have been shocked and did not realize what he had done until police showed him a video in which he was yelling abusive comments including “all Muslims are terrorists.”
When Tuapawa appeared in court charged with disorderly behavior that was “likely to cause violence,” his lawyer said his client was ashamed of his actions and could not explain how or why it happened, local media reported.
Tuapawa was wearing a shirt emblazoned with the name of US President Donald Trump when he shouted abuse at Muslims outside the Al Noor mosque on Wednesday. He was arrested on Thursday.
Tuapawa was remanded on bail to be sentenced on July 31.
Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-avowed white supremacist, has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder after opening fire at Al Noor and a second Christchurch mosque on March 15.


UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

Updated 26 May 2019
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UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan subjected to abuse

  • The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban
  • They were mainly members of the Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials captured by the Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan: The UN says Taliban captives in Afghanistan have been subjected to abuse, ill-treatment and actions that may amount to torture.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan says it interviewed 13 detainees from a group of 53 recently rescued from the Taliban. They were mainly members of the Afghan forces but also civilians and government officials captured by the Taliban.
The group was freed on April 25 when Afghan troops raided a Taliban-run detention facility in the Khas Uruzgan district in southern Uruzgan province.
The UNAMA statement, released on Sunday, says most of the captives were held since 2018, with three since 2016. It says they were kept in poor conditions and subjected to forced labor. The statement cites the detainees as saying that the Taliban killed some of their captives.