April 16 A man in Auckland, New Zealand, has been charged by police with threatening to kill Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Police say they arrested the man in Manukau, Countis, on The 13th. His name has not been released. As a result of his injuries, the man did not appear in the District Court on the 16th, and his lawyer made a statement to the court.
The man, who is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, is charged with a third-class offence and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. He will appear in court again on 7 May.
Police also accused the man of sending threatening messages to another man via social media, causing him to fear for his safety.
New Zealand’s prime minister’s office declined to comment. Police declined to comment on the grounds that the case was pending.
Ardern has been subjected to multiple physical threats over the past two years. It comes after a man accused of sending several threatening emails to Ardern between 2019 and 2020 has pleaded not guilty. Police said the emails harassed Ardern and caused her to “fear for her safety and that of her family.”
In addition, a Northern Irish man has been sentenced to community service in his home country for making death threats to Ardern online in 2019.