Suspect In New Zealand Mosque Attack Appears In Court

Adjust Comment Print

A 28-year-old Australian man, a suspected far-right extremist who posted a manifesto detailing his anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim views, was charged with murder in a New Zealand court Saturday.

Handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant did not speak.

"There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in, and it absolutely was his intention to continue with this attack", she told a news conference.

Court photos of the man accused in the Christchurch mosque terror attack have been altered not to show his face due to an order from a New Zealand judge.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the country's high commission in New Zealand is in touch with local authorities for more information.

Footage of the attack live streamed on Facebook showed the gunman entering the mosque and shooting randomly at people.

More news: Love Island star Mike Thalassitis known as 'Muggy Mike' found dead

After the suspect left the court, the judge said that while "there is one charge of murder brought at the moment, it is reasonable to assume that there will be others".

From time to time people outside the cordon came to place flowers under a tree to express their condolences to the victims. Most others marked on the email were media houses, both domestic and global, said a PM's spokesman.

Forty-one people were killed at the Al Noor mosque.

The death toll from Friday's mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has been increased to 50, police said on Sunday. Christchurch Hospital on Saturday said most of the victims were men aged between 30 and 60, but children and women were also involved. She also says New Zealand will make "weekly compensation" available to victims' dependents on an ongoing basis. "But we are so aware of the cultural and religious needs, so we are doing that as quickly and sensitively as possible", Bush said.

"I still don't know where he is", she said.

The New Zealand Red Cross has published a list of missing persons on its website.

More news: MPs REJECT amendment requesting to delay Brexit until June 30

There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, which has a population of only 5 million, but the country has had low levels of gun violence.

While the main court proceedings will take place in New Zealand, there will be an investigation into Tarrant's background in Australia, according to Prime Minister Morrison.

"I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change", Ardern told reporters, saying a ban on semi-automatic weapons would be considered. Ardern suggested "now is the time for change" and hinted she was closely looking at rules regulating ownership of semi-automatic weapons.

The AR-15 is a semi-automatic version of the United States military M16 rifle.

Ardern called on the USA government to show "sympathy and love for all Muslim communities", and told the press that "the person who has committed this violent act has no place here".

Western leaders from Donald Trump to Theresa May expressed solidarity with New Zealanders, deploring what the White House called a "vicious act of hate".

More news: New Zealand pledges reforms as relaxed gun laws scrutinized

Comments