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WorldNew Zealand massacre suspect set to enter pleas, face new terrorism charge

07:50  13 june  2019
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The new charge is in addition to 51 counts of murder that Brenton H. Tarrant faces for the March 15 massacre at two mosques in Christchurch, New A makeshift memorial to victims of the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand , in front of the Linwood Mosque in March.CreditCreditAdam Dean for The

New Zealand massacre suspect set to enter pleas, face new terrorism charge© MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images People pay their respects at a memorial site at the Botanical garden in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, three days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city that claimed the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers. - New Zealand will tighten gun laws in the wake of its worst modern-day massacre, the government said on March 18, as it emerged that the white supremacist accused of carrying out the killings at two mosques will represent himself in court. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images) WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Suspected white supremacist Brenton Tarrant is expected to enter pleas, and will face a new terrorism charge, when he appears in court on Friday over the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch.

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The suspected Christchurch mosque attacker will face 50 charges of murder and 39 of attempted Officials initially filed one representative murder charge against 28-year-old Australian Brenton He’ll hear the new charges at a short hearing on Friday, but won’t be required to enter a plea , according

Australian Brenton Tarrant appeared in a New Zealand court on Friday where the suspected white Tarrant, who was charged with one murder a day after the shooting attack, was also charged with High Court Judge Cameron Mander said whether Tarrant would be required to enter a plea at his

In an attack on March 15 that was broadcast live on Facebook, a lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons targeted Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch, killing 51 worshippers and wounding dozens of people.

Tarrant already faces 50 counts of murder for the attack and when he appears in the Christchurch High Court on Friday will be charged under a terrorist act, the first time such a charge has been brought in New Zealand.

The police announced its plans to bring on terrorism charges and an additional murder charge last month.

A minute issued to the media by Christchurch High Court Judge Cameron Mander last week said Tarrant is expected to enter a plea to the charges.

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Tarrant has been moved to New Zealand 's only maximum security prison in Auckland and will appear at the Christchurch High Court through a video Tarrant, 28, was charged with one murder the day after the attack and remanded without a plea . Police said they would bring 49 more murder charges

New Zealand police say man who died backed mosque killings. New Zealand lawmakers pass He is due to appear via video link during a brief hearing on Friday, and won't be required to enter a plea . Hodge said New Zealand and Australia were trying to preserve the ancient common-law approach to

Tarrant was not required to submit a plea in his last court appearance on April 5, as Judge Mander ordered he undergo mental assessment first to determine whether he was fit to stand trial.

The court has also lifted an order that required Tarrant's face to be suppressed, which forced media to only publish pixilated images that obscured his face.

"The Crown has advised there is no longer a need for the images of the defendant’s face to be suppressed and the order now lapses," the judge said in the minute released last week.

Tarrant, who is an Australian national, was remanded in custody after the shooting and moved to New Zealand's only maximum-security prison in Auckland. He would appear at the Christchurch High Court through a video link.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labeled New Zealand's worst peace time mass shooting an act of terrorism and quickly introduced tough new firearm laws which banned semi-automatic weapons.

Muslims worldwide have praised New Zealand's response to the massacre, with many singling out Ardern's gesture of wearing a head scarf to meet victims' families and urging the country to unite with the call: "We are one".

But others have criticized New Zealand for failing to record hate crimes and ignoring threats from white supremacist groups. A Royal Commission is looking into whether the shooting could have been prevented.

(Reporting by Praveen Menon; editing by Michael Perry)

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