Austrian far-right activist probed over hyperlinks to Christchurch assaults



Martin Sellner speaking during a rally organised by IBOe in Vienna, Austria. July 27, 2016Picture copyright
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Martin Sellner has denied any involvement within the Christchurch assaults

Austrian investigators have raided the house of the chief of a far-right group in reference to the investigation into the New Zealand mosque assaults.

Martin Sellner, of the Identitarian Motion Austria (IBÖ), stated in a video he had acquired a donation, presumably from the chief suspect within the Christchurch shootings.

However he denied any involvement within the assaults.

Fifty individuals died and dozens extra wounded within the 15 March shootings.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with one homicide and is predicted to face additional prices.

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In a video posted on-line on Monday, Mr Sellner stated he had acquired an electronic mail containing a “disproportionally massive” donation from an individual named “Tarrant”. He stated he had despatched a “thanks” reply as he did with different donations.

“I’ve nothing to do with this terror assault,” Mr Sellner stated, including that his organisation was a peaceable anti-immigration group.

He stated investigators raided his flat in Vienna on Monday and seized his telephone, pc and different units.

Inside ministry spokesman Christoph Pölzl stated the search had been carried out by anti-terrorism officers on the orders of the prosecutor’s workplace within the metropolis of Graz, which is investigating the case.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s workplace stated that they had seen the suspicious electronic mail handle whereas investigating a donation of about €1,500 (£1,290; $1,700) to the IBÖ.

Austrian authorities confirmed final week that Brenton Tarrant had visited the nation, presumably final November, though particulars of his keep there are unknown.

Mr Sellner has turn into one of the outstanding younger activists of the far proper in Europe.

In March final yr he and his girlfriend Brittany Pettibone – an alt-right vlogger and conspiracy theorist – have been refused entry to the UK. The authorities stated their presence within the UK wouldn’t have been “conducive to the general public good”.

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