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November 13, 2019
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Austria going to disband far-right group over NZ mosque attack link

VIENNA: Austria’s government has said that it would disband a far-right group linked to the alleged New Zealand mosque attacker if investigators determined it was a terrorist group.

Officers on Monday raided the apartment of Identitarian Movement Austria (IBOe) leader Martin Sellner after it emerged that he had received a 1,500-euro ($1,700) donation from suspected Christchurch gunman Brenton Tarrant.

The government confirmed there was a financial link between the two men.

“We are now investigating whether we have a terrorist organisation here,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said of the IBOe after a cabinet meeting.

Addressing a press conference he said that radicalism of any kind must be eradicated, and all legal options should be taken

“If it is indeed the case that it (IBOe) is a terrorist organisation, then, of course, there will be consequences for the organisation.”

In a video uploaded after the raid, Sellner admitted receiving the donation in an email with the name “Tarrant” in the sender’s address.

But he has denied any ties to the suspect or the March 15 assault on two mosques in Christchurch which claimed 50 lives.

Instead, he has blamed Tarrant for seeking to involve him by making the donation — reportedly one of many that Tarrant has made to extremist groups.

Kurz said his government was probing the case, including Tarrant’s visit to Austria.