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New Zealand shooter faces terrorism charges

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/21/19, 10:37 am

New Zealand police on Tuesday filed a terrorism charge against the Australian man behind the Christchurch mosque shootings in March that killed 51 people. “A charge of engaging in a Terrorist Act under section 6A of the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 has now been filed,” police said in a statement. This is the first time New Zealand has charged someone under the terror law, which was enacted after the 9/11 attacks in the United States. The offense carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, also faces 51 murder and 40 attempted murder charges. Police said Tuesday they increased his charges after a Turkish man injured in the attack died this month in Christchurch Hospital. Last month, a judge ordered Tarrant to undergo two mental health assessments to confirm his fitness to stand trial. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 14.


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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 05/21/2019 04:31 pm

    Meanwhile, the ruling party in NZ has decided part of the solution is to take away legally owned firearms from the NON-CRIMINAL AND NON-TERRORIST CITIZENS of their country.

    And we have many in this country suffering from the same failure of logical thinking!

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