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Australia, NZ yet to talk terrorist swap

Wellington: A trans-Tasman exchange for the Australian terrorist convicted of last year’s Christchurch mosques attack remains a possibility.

While the legal framework for a transfer does not exist, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has left open the chance that Brenton Tarrant could be sent home to Australia to serve his term.

On Thursday, Tarrant admitted guilt for last year’s massacre, when he travelled to two Christchurch mosques and opened fire during Friday prayers.

In this image made from a video, Brenton Harrison Tarrant appears in court via video link on Thursday.

In this image made from a video, Brenton Harrison Tarrant appears in court via video link on Thursday.Credit:AP

The man, who was raised in Grafton, NSW, was convicted on 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism after his surprising change of heart to his plea.

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