New Zealand Mosque Murderer Due in Court Friday
By Staff, Agencies
The man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks will be facing 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges as he makes his second court appearance, New Zealand police said Thursday.
Earlier, the New Zealand Police filed a single, representative murder charge against 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant. He is due to appear via video link during a brief hearing on Friday, and won't be required to enter a plea.
Fifty people died during the March 15 attacks on two mosques and another 50 were injured.
In a brief statement, the police said they were considering filing more charges against Tarrant but couldn't comment further as the case was before the court.
Tarrant's first appearance was on the day after the attacks in the Christchurch District Court. His case has now been moved to the High Court due to the seriousness of the charges. Tarrant has reportedly been moved to a high-security prison in Auckland, which is why he'll appear via video link.
During the scheduled court hearing, media photographs won't be allowed and reporting on the proceedings will be severely restricted under New Zealand law. The intent of the law is to avoid the possibility the reporting and images would taint the views of potential jurors before they hear evidence in court.