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WorldMan accused of New Zealand mosque attack seeks to move trial from Christchurch

04:10  15 august  2019
04:10  15 august  2019 Source:

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CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Reuters) - Lawyers for the man accused of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 51 people in March have asked for the trial to be moved from the southern city of Christchurch, where the attacks took place, a judge said on Thursday.

Man accused of New Zealand mosque attack seeks to move trial from Christchurch© Thomson Reuters Flowers are placed outside the Christchurch Botanic Gardens in memory of the victims of the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 17, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su

A hearing on the request to move the trial to Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, will be held on Oct. 3 and the defendant, Australian Brenton Tarrant, would be held in custody until then, High Court Justice Cameron Mander said at a hearing.

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CHRISTCHURCH , New Zealand — Abdul Aziz was praying with his four sons in the Linwood Mosque when he heard the gunshots. Rather than run from the noise, he ran toward it, grabbed the first thing he could find — a credit card machine — and flung it at the attacker .

Defense counsel did not respond immediately to a request for comment about why they asked for a change of venue.

A lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons attacked Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island on March 15, killing 51 people in the country's worst peace-time mass shooting. The attacker broadcast the shooting live on Facebook.

Tarrant, 29, has pleaded not guilty to all 92 charges against him.

Man accused of New Zealand mosque attack seeks to move trial from Christchurch© Reuters/POOL FILE PHOTO: Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is seen in the dock during his appearance in the Christchurch District Court Tarrant did not appear via video-link as he had at previous court hearings. Mander said in a court minute Tarrant was excused from appearing because the hearing was mainly about legal arguments.

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The man accused of committing the Christchurch terror attack has denied all charges and will go to trial in 2020. Relatives of the victims of the Christchurch mosque shooting were in court at an earlier appearance of the alleged gunman.

At least 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch Friday, in a carefully planned and unprecedented atrocity that shocked the usually peaceful nation.

The suspected white supremacist is in custody at a high- security prison in Auckland, about a 90-minute flight from Christchurch.

The court hearing was attended by around 40 members of the public, including survivors of the attack, although there were fewer than at previous court appearances.

Prosecution lawyers said they were making inquiries about the possibility of delaying the trial, which has been set down for May 4, by three or four weeks.

The trial date set down in June has been criticized for coinciding with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims will be fasting.

(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Praveen Menon and Paul Tait)

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