Brenton Tarrant the man behind the shooting of two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15 March 2019, is charged with terrorism.
According to police reports, the 28-year-old Aussie was charged with engaging in a terrorist act.
BREAKING: New Zealand police charge Brenton Tarrant with engaging in a 'terrorist act' in addition to existing murder charges over Christchurch attacks pic.twitter.com/Y7hkQrSMVw
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 21, 2019
In the shootout, 51 mosque-goers were killed.
The charges faced by Brenton will put the convict to the maximum time in life in prison and will be a test case for the new terrorism laws forwarded by the country in 2002.
Tarrant is already charged with 51 charges of homicide and 40 for attempted killing after the terrorist act he pulled at the Linwood Islamic Centre and Al Noor Mosque in March.
Police officials informed the new charges to the survivors of the incident, families of the deceased and also to others.
Police have met with victim’s families and survivors of the March 15 Christchurch attack to inform them of new charges which have been filed, and update them on the ongoing Police investigation plus the court process to come - https://t.co/Q20m7EAgJS pic.twitter.com/490zx2LMQv
— New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) May 21, 2019
Soon after the terrorist act, New Zealand banned all semi-automatic and military-style weapons to counter-act on terrorism.
Brenton Tarrant's next hearing is on June 14, 2019.
After being under police custody in April, he was ordered by the New Zealand's high court to undergo a psychiatric examination, to check if he was fit enough to stand the court trials.
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