Christchurch terror attack: Suspected gunman complains he's being denied visitors and phone calls - report

Corrections is rejecting claims it isn't treating the suspected Christchurch gunman properly, after he reportedly laid a complaint.

Stuff reports the 28-year-old Australian man, suspected of killing 50 people at two Christchurch mosques two weeks ago and being held at Auckland Prison in Paremoremo, has laid a formal complaint.

A Corrections source said the alleged killer complained he was being denied visitors and phone calls, in contravention of the Corrections Act.

"He doesn't get the usual minimum entitlements. So no phone calls and no visits," the source told Stuff.

Corrections told Newshub in a short statement he was "being managed in accordance with the provisions set out in the Corrections Act 2004 and our international obligations for the treatment of prisoners".

"At this time he has no access to television, radio or newspapers and no approved visitors."

Corrections did not say anything about whether he's been allowed to use the phone. The Corrections Act says prisoners are allowed at least one a week, up to five minutes long, to an official agency or a legal adviser.

"For operational security reasons no further information will be provided," Corrections said.

Newshub has asked Corrections for more detail about his treatment and the report he's filed a complaint.

Fears have been raised the suspect may use his trial to espouse far-right views in the same way Norwegian white supremacist mass murderer Anders Breivik did in 2012.

Breivik has also complained about his treatment in prison, saying solitary confinement, strip searches and bad microwaved food breached his human rights. He took the case to court, and eventually lost.


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