Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the suspect who opened fire in two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand leaving at least 49 Muslim worshippers at Friday prayer, has been charged with one count of murder.
According to officials, additional charges are forthcoming. Less than a day after the shooting, the suspect appeared before a Christchurch district judge.
Tarrant, 28, was handcuffed and was wearing a heavy cream colored prison jumpsuit as he quietly walked into the courtroom. His hands were cuffed to a leather belt encircling the prison smock.
Tarrant, who was remanded in custody, is set to reappear in court April 5. Security measures were high in the courtroom which was closed to the public. A judge ruled that the suspect's pictures in court must have his face blurred.
The attack, which left at least 49 people killed and dozens injured, is the biggest massacre in the history of New Zealand.
The tragic incident was broadcasted live for a time on the Internet by the suspect. Tarrant was among the three suspects who were initially arrested for getting involved in the shooting.
Police presence in the city was heightened while families of the victims and other people arrived in streets near the mosques to pay tributes for them.
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