44-year-old Philippe Neville Arps was sentenced to the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday for up to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty to two accusations of spreading unacceptable materials and his lawyer sending copies of his cadres. – Live on March 15 by the mosque shooter – to about 30 people shortly after attacks on pilgrims in two mosques in Christchurch, according to New York radio.
Shortly after the attack, the New Zealand film office and Literature classifies the video as unacceptable, making it a crime to own, share or accept it. Under New Zealand's law, the dissemination of unacceptable material to another person carries a possible sentence of up to 14 years. During the verdict on Tuesday, Judge Stephen Oriskoil said that when Arps was asked about his opinion of the video, he described "Your crime glorifies and encourages the mass murder committed under the pretext of religious and racial hatred" , said Judge Orischer, according to the RNZ report. "It is clear from all the material before me that you have strong and unrepentant views on the Muslim community."
Williams said his client Arps has filed a complaint against his sentence, claiming he was "too harsh." The date for review of the complaint has not yet been determined.
Arps owns an isolation company called Beneficial Insulation, which uses a Nazi logo, which is also included in an online document published by the alleged Christchurch shooter.
Brenton Tarant, the 28-year-old accused of committing the attacks on March 15, is expected to be tried next year after failing to convict him earlier month for 51 murder charges, 40 counts of attempted murder murder and a charge under the Counter Terrorism Act, when this indictment was first imposed in the country.
A 18-year-old and a 16-year-old child are also accused of spreading the live steam of videos in Christchurch, according to Williams, who also represents teenagers.
Restricting Hate speech
In May, Prime Minister Jacqueline Ardenne worked with French President Emanuel Macron to hosted a call to action in Christchurch, encouraging technology companies and countries to work together to end the use of social media in terrorist acts.
Justice Minister Andrew Little announced in March that it would speed up the review of hate laws in the country that could force the country to introduce a new legal offense against hate crimes.
The hate speech is currently covered by two New Zealand laws – the Human Rights Act and the Harmful Digital Communications Act. However, Little said that there are questions about whether the processes under the second act are as accessible as necessary, and note that religion-based discrimination is not covered by the first act.
and the hateful actions are directed at one's religion or other forbidden grounds for discrimination other than race, it actually does not cover it, there is no crime at this time, "he told RNZ