Businessman jailed for sharing mosque shooting video

Christchurch

Police officers outside the Al Noor mosque which was targeted by the shooter

Friday, April 26, 2019

A businessman has pleaded guilty to sharing a video recorded by the Christchurch mosque shooter as he began killing 50 people at two mosques.

Philip Arps, from the Christchurch area, pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video, which was originally livestreamed on social media by the attacker.

Prosecutors in New Zealand accused the 44-year-old of sending the 17-minute video to an unknown person, instructing them to add crosshairs and a kill count to the footage.

They claim he then forwarded the video to 30 associates.

Arps will remain in jail until he is sentenced on June 14.

The shooter's video and manifesto was banned by New Zealand's chief censor David Shanks, making it illegal to view, possess or distribute them.

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