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US NewsAlleged Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty

05:25  14 june  2019
05:25  14 june  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Brenton Tarrant appeared at the High Court in Christchurch by video link. The 28-year-old Australian national entered not guilty pleas during a short appearance at the High Court at Christchurch All of the victims kept their eyes glued to the alleged gunman throughout the hearing.

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Alleged Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty © AAP Brenton Harrison Tarrant.

Brenton Tarrant, the Australian man charged over the Christchurch mosque killings, has pleaded not guilty to 51 charges of murder.

In a hearing at the High Court in Christchurch, Mr Tarrant also pleaded not guilty via his lawyer to 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist act over the March killings.

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It is the first time someone in New Zealand has been charged under the country's terrorism suppression act, which was introduced after the September 11 attacks.

The 28-year-old appeared via video link from a high-security prison in Auckland.

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Brenton Tarrant appeared via audio visual link from Auckland, where he is being held in isolation in a high-security wing of Auckland Prison at Paremoremo. Justice Cameron Mander put all charges to the defendant's lawyer Shane Tait who entered the not guilty pleas . The 28-year-old Australian smiled

Brenton Tarrant , the primary suspect in the Christchurch shootings, appears in court on Saturday (Mar 16).

Alleged Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty © Thomson Reuters A policeman patrols outside Masjid Al Noor mosque after Friday's mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva The trial has been set down for May 4 next year.

On March 15, the gunman, armed with several high-powered weapons, opened fire on worshippers at two mosques during Friday prayers.

The attacks left 51 people dead, including several children.

Alleged Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty © AAP: Martin Hunter 42 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque, one of the two mosques targeted in the attack The shootings were also livestreamed on Facebook, with the video viewed more than 4,000 times before it was removed at the request of New Zealand police.

However, in the 24 hours after the attack, the social network also had to remove 1.5 million copies of the video from its platform.

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Peters said that Tarrant might have decided to represent himself so that he can use the trial to proclaim those extreme views and that it would be up to the judge to prevent that from happening. Tarrant is currently being held on just one charge of murder, but he is expected to face more, in connection with

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Tarrant was raised in Grafton in northern New South Wales, but was living in the New Zealand city of Dunedin for several months prior to the attack.

Alleged Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty © Thomson Reuters Women cry as they read tributes outside Al-Noor mosque after it was reopened in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 23, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su He is known to have visited Europe, South-East Asia and east Asia.

He had a gun licence that allowed him to legally obtain weapons, and was a member of a local rifle club near Dunedin.

The 28-year-old was not known to Australian or New Zealand security authorities for violent extremism or serious criminal behaviour prior to the massacre.

Alleged Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty © AAP: SNPA/Martin Hunter New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with members of the Muslim community in Christchurch the day after the shooting.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed to change the country's gun laws just days after the attack.

In April, Parliament voted to ban most semi-automatic firearms, parts that convert firearms into semi-automatic firearms, magazines over a certain capacity, and some shotguns.

Ms Ardern, who won praise for her handling of the shootings, urged the Parliament to vote on behalf of the victims of the Christchurch massacre.

Alleged Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty © Thomson Reuters A police officer stands guard outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva "These weapons were designed to kill, and they were designed to maim and that is what they did on the 15th of March," she said.

Last month, she launched a global effort alongside French President Emmanuel Macron to eliminate violent content online.

Facebook responded by announcing it would suspend users who violate its rules from using the livestreaming function.

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