Christchurch mosque shooter charged with terrorism
28-year-old Brenton Tarrant has been charged with engaging in a terrorist act following the Christchurch shooting in March of this year.
New Zealand police have charged the Australian man accused of killing 51 people and wounding dozens of others in two Christchurch mosques in March with terrorism.
According to Al Jazeera, an additional murder charge over the death of a Turkish national, and two additional attempted murder charges, have also been filed, bringing the total amount of murder charges against him to 51, as well as 40 charges of attempted murder.
The attacker filmed himself as he arrived at two mosques in New Zealand, and continued recording as he shot and killed dozens of Muslims who were praying at the time.
Tarrant is due to appear in court again on 14 June.
The charge in question comes with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment upon conviction, and will be a test case for New Zealand’s terrorism law.
The incident resulted in New Zealand voting overwhelmingly in favour of new gun restrictions as a bill was introduced to parliament, weeks after the attack took place.