The suspected white supremacist who allegedly murdered 49 people in mass shootings at two separate mosques in New Zealand appeared in court in the city of Christchurch and was charged with murder Saturday morning local time, authorities said. He is remanded without bail and will be back in court on April 5th.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, was hit with just one murder charge, New Zealand Police said, but more charges are expected. He killed 41 people at the Al Noor Mosque in the center of the city, then slaughtered seven more at the Linwood Mosque about 3 miles away, authorities said.Another victim died at a nearby hospital.
Tarrant livestreamed his attack on Facebook and left behind a manifesto, in which he rambled about white supremacy and racism.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that the shooter in the Christchurch mosque attack was an Australian citizen, describing the suspect as an “extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist”.
According to Zealand police, three men and 1 woman are in custody following the shootings. The authorities have also reportedly found and secured improvised explosive devices amid the mosque attacks.
Two armed guards brought Brenton Tarrant into court Saturday.
The suspect did not showed no expression as District Court Judge Paul Kellar read one charge of murder to him. The court appearance lasted only about a minute and he was led back out in handcuffs. He was ordered to return to court again 5 April.
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