Christchurch Terror Accused Sent Propaganda From Jail That Was Posted to 4chan, PM Says It 'Just Should Not Have Happened'

The New Zealand government has been left red-faced after fresh propaganda from the man awaiting trial for the worst mass shooting in the country's history was posted on the message board 4chan while he awaits trial.

The six-page missive was written on July 4 and was addressed to "Alan" in Russia, where the accused, Brenton Tarrant, visited in 2015. The letter was then circulated on the website notorious for being a gathering spot for those with far-right views.

In it, the 28-year-old Australian describes his ideology and refers to a "great conflict" coming in the letter that was penned from Auckland's Paremoremo Prison, which is the country's only maximum-security jail.

He wrote that he cannot go into detail about his regrets or feelings, "as the guards will confiscate my letter if I do (to use as evidence)," according to Stuff.co.nz.

Images circulated online of the letter are embarrassing for New Zealand authorities who vowed they would try to ensure that Tarrant did not have a platform to spread white supremacist views.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern even said she would never mention Tarrant by name. Speaking on Wednesday, she said this incident "just should not have happened" and there would be an investigation into "whether or not our law is fit for purpose."

"Every New Zealander would have an expectation that this individual should not be able to share his hateful message from behind prison doors," the prime minister said from the South Pacific island of Tuvalu, Stuff reported. It also comes at a sensitive time, as other alleged killers from El Paso to Norway have cited Tarrant as an inspiration.

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Brenton Tarrant is pictured in the dock for his appearance for murder in the Christchurch District Court on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The accused managed to send a letter that was posted to 4Chan. Mark Mitchell-Pool/Getty Images

Opposition spokesman David Bennett demanded an explanation from the department of corrections.

"This man is accused of carrying out one of the most heinous crimes in New Zealand history. New Zealanders will be horrified that Corrections allowed him to send a letter which includes a call to action and has subsequently been posted online," he said.

Tarrant is accused of murdering 51 worshipers and injuring 49 others in a shooting rampage at two mosques in the South island city of Christchurch on March 15.

Corrections minister Kelvin Davis said prisoners are allowed correspondence which his department does have power to withhold.

"I know a lot of New Zealanders will be surprised to hear that this offender is allowed to send and receive mail but there are rights every prisoner has under the law as it stands," he said in a statement.

"We have never had to manage a prisoner like this before and I have asked questions around whether our laws are now fit for purpose and asked for advice on what changes we may now need to make," the minister said, according to TVNZ. "I have made myself clear that this can not happen again," Davis added.

The shootings prompted an immediate change in the country's laws, including a ban on most automatic and semi-automatic weapons as well as components that modify existing weapons.

More than 10,000 weapons have been handed to police as part of a buy-back scheme running from July to December, although there are no official figures on the total number of banned firearms.

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Firearms that have been handed back are pictured in Christchurch, New Zealand after changes to gun laws, following the city's mosque shootings in March.The country's government has bought more than 10,000 firearms under the buyback scheme. New Zealand Police/New Zealand Police
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