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P.M. condemns Christchurch terror attack, says its “deplorable and unacceptable”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has condemned the terror attack in Christchurch, describing last Friday’s massacre as “deplorable and unacceptable”.

In a statement released this evening, the Prime Minister said the horrific events – which happened to a close friend and neighbour in the region – is morally unacceptable.

“This was a most monstrous crime. The view of my Government is that there is no room for moral equivocation. The deliberate taking of innocent civilian life, regardless of cause or grievance, is without justification in law, and is morally unacceptable,” he said.

Tuilaepa said his Government and the people of Samoa convey their sympathy and support, and stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand. 

“On behalf of my Government and people of Samoa, I convey to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and her Government and people of New Zealand our profound feelings of sorrow and sympathy, and our committed solidarity and support. To the families and friends of those whose lives were taken without warning – we extend our warm and heartfelt condolences.”

The Prime Minister said we should remain resolute and uphold the rule of law, and such acts of evil are a series threat to democracy. 

“These acts of evil premeditation and merciless execution are a direct and serious threat to democracy. It has no respect for social order or for human life and property – and my Government and I and people of Samoa condemn these in unconditional terms.”

New Zealand police have charged 28-year-old Australian born Brenton Harrison Tarrant with murder, in relation to 50 deaths in an attack targeting two mosques in Christchurch last Friday. New Zealand police say more charges are expected to follow. Fifty other people reportedly suffered from gunshot wounds.

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