Christchurch attacks accused to face 50 murder charges

Apr 04, 2019, 2:37 AM EDT
(Source: Mrs Puff/flickr)
(Source: Mrs Puff/flickr)

Australia’s Brenton Tarrant, the self-confessed white supremacist who carried out the grisly mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch killing 50 people last month, will face a total of 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges, police said.

Tarrant, 28, had broadcasted this horrific crime live on Facebook on March 15, and was charged with only one count of murder when he first appeared in the Christchurch District Court, reports Reuters. Tarrant is due to appear in the court for the second time on Friday. The development came as MPs held public hearings as they prepare to pass new gun-control laws on April 11.

The Christchurch shooting, described as a “terrorist attack” by New Zealand’s Prime Minister  Jacinda Ardern, has jolted the government to relook into the laws pertaining to hate speech and also to scrutinize security agencies, the police as well as social media networks, notes Al Jazeera.

Representatives from the Muslim community in the country say they face discrimination by security agencies, urging that the authorities should start keeping record of hate crimes.