An Australian white supremacist gunman, 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who shot down 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in the southern city of Christchurch on March 15 in a killing spree he broadcast live, will face 50 murder charges when he appears in court this week, New Zealand police said Thursday (April 4).
“The man arrested in relation to the Christchurch terror attacks will face 50 murder and 39 attempted murder charges when he appears in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday,” they said in a statement. Police said further charges were being considered against Tarrant — a self-avowed white supremacist — but did not specify what they were.
They could relate to whether the court deems attack a terrorist act. The 28-year-old will appear via video link in the Christchurch court from a maximum-security prison in Auckland. The court has now barred media from filming or photographing the accused.
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17 August, 2019