Watch live: Muslim community leaders speak following terrorist's sentencing

4:29 pm on 27 August 2020

Leaders of the Muslim community have spoken in Christchurch following the sentencing of the mosque attack terrorist.

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The leaders were addressing media outside the city's justice precinct.

Linwood mosque Imam Alabi Lateef Zirullah said he felt a sense of closure following the outcome.

"Today I realise that I've made the best decision in my life to come to New Zealand, for the justice served in regards to this issue," he said.

"At the same time to let everyone know - American, European, Asian, African, whevever you come from - you were born the same way we were born, we live the same way and we die the same way, there is no difference between any one of us, your behaviour, your identity differentiates you. When you are good then you are the best, when you care for life then you are the best, doesn't matter what colour you are.

"Today I thank this country... and everyone around the world, please choose the best in your life, to be kind."

Al Noor Mosque survivor Mirwais Waziri started off by giving thanks.

"We thank everyone for supporting us. The terrorist threw us with a bullet and the loving people of New Zealand and Christchurch they throw us a flower.

"Justice is done... no justice is enough for those ones that lost their family members and loved ones, but at least something is done that takes the pain and the load we had in our hearts from us."

Meanwhile, Canterbury's Student Volunteer Army has already gathered outside the High Court in Christchurch to show solidarity and support for the victims of the 15 March mosque attacks.

Brenton Tarrant, 29, was sentenced on 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one charge of terrorism. He pleaded guilty to all the charges.

Earlier today, community adviser and former Christchurch city councillor Raf Manji said the silence in court of Tarrant would be helpful for the community, which had already given him a strong message he had failed.

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