New Zealand : The prime accused in New Zealand’s Christchurch Mosque attack where 49 people were killed and dozen others grievously injured, appeared in court on charges of murder.
The accused identified as Brenton Tarrant, 28 filmed himself going berserk inside the mosque premises shooting indiscriminately at innocent people who were offering their Friday prayers.
The lawyer appointed for Tarrant did not request for bail and Tarrant has been taken into custody until his next court appearance, which is scheduled on April 05.
On being brought inside the court room, Tarrant didn’t utter a single word, was flanked by two police officers and he smirked at the media persons who tried to photograph him during the hearing. He even made the white power gesture.
Tarrant has been preparing for the “horrific attack” in a manifesto written by him, for the last two years. In the “manifesto” he even gave a detailed “motivation” for the attack. Tarrant live streamed the entire attack before posting the video onto Twitter and Facebook accounts.
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Terming the attack as a terrorist attack, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern feels the urgent need of changing the gun laws in the country as the accused legally purchased all the weapons he used for the attack.
The firearms included two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action weapon.