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NZSTI interpreter in the news

09 Sep 2020

NZSTI affiliate interpreter Mustafa Derbashi has received media recognition for his role interpreting for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack.

From the Otago Daily Times:

A former Dunedin man who interpreted for survivors affected by the Christchurch mosque attack says the experience was a "privilege".

Mustafa Derbashi calls himself an "emotional person" but at the sentencing of 29-year-old terrorist Brenton Tarrant in the High Court at Christchurch last week, he called on all his professionalism.

"One of the most important things is for us to be impartial — not to be dragged into the emotional part of it," he said.

 In two horrifying attacks on the city’s mosques, Tarrant killed 51 innocent worshippers and wounded 40 others.

 Scores of victims, family members and supporters from the Muslim community flooded the courthouse, watching three days of heartbreaking victim impact statements before the killer was eventually sentenced by Justice Cameron Mander to life imprisonment without parole. [...]


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