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Alleged NZ gunman gave cash to Austrian far-right

Alleged NZ gunman gave cash to Austrian far-right

Austria’s far-right Identitarian Movement received cash from the man charged with killing 50 people in mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Alleged NZ gunman gave cash to Austrian far-right

The man charged with killing 50 people in the New Zealand mosque shootings, donated money to an Austria's far-right group.

That's according to Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

(SOUNDBITE) (German) CHANCELLOR OF AUSTRIA, SEBASTIAN KURZ, SAYING: "We can now confirm that there was financial support and so a link between the New Zealand attacker and the Identitarian Movement in Austria." A spokesman for prosecutors in the Austrian city of Graz said the head of the Identitarian Movement, Martin Sellner, received about $1,700 in early 2018.

And Sellner has published two videos on YouTube in which he says he received a donation which involved an email address matching the name of the man alleged to have carried out the attacks.

SOUNDBITE) (German) LEADER OF AUSTRIAN IDENTITARIAN MOVEMENT, MARTIN SELLNER, SAYING: "Due to this I have cooperated with the police as I would like to clear my name as quickly as possible and to say clearly that I am not a member of a terrorist organization.

I have nothing to do with this man (Christchurch attacker) other than that I passively received a donation from him.

And honestly, how should I know a year in advance, when a donation is sent to me, that this guy is going to commit a terrorist attack later?" Sellner said the donation would be given to a charitable foundation.

On Wednesday (March 27), Kurz said Austria was looking into dissolving the Identitarian Movement.

(SOUNDBITE) (German) CHANCELLOR OF AUSTRIA, SEBASTIAN KURZ, SAYING: "Our position on this is very clear, no kind of extremism whatsoever - whether it's radical Islamists or right-wing extremist fanatics - has any place in our country and our society." Kurz became chancellor in 2017, on a wave of support from far right voters.

He said on Wednesday, that his far right freedom party is in no way affiliated with the Identitarian Movement.




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