Wellington: Suspected white supremacy Brenton Tarrant is reported to make a request and will face a new charge for terrorism when he appears in court on Friday for the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch.
In a March 15 attack that was broadcast live on Facebook, a lone armed man armed with semi-automatic weapons aimed at Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch, killing 51 worshipers and injuring dozens of people.
Tarrant stands for 50 murders of murder before the attack and when he appears on Friday in the Supreme Court of Christchurch, he is charged with a terrorist act, the first time such an accusation has been brought to New Zealand.
The police announced its plans to file terrorism clauses and an additional assassination attempt last month.
A minute Christchurch High Court Judge Cameron Mander gave to the media said last week that Tarrant is reportedly filing a complaint against the allegations.
Tarrant did not have to make a plea in his last court case on April 5, because Judge Mander had ordered him to undergo a mental assessment first to determine if he was fit to stand trial.
The court has also lifted an order requiring the face of Tarrant to be suppressed, forcing the media to publish only pixellated images that obscured his face.
"De Kroon advised that there is no longer any need to suppress the images of the face of the suspect and the order is now canceled," the judge said last minute.
Tarrant, who is of Australian nationality, was detained after the shooting and moved to New Zealand's only maximum security prison in Auckland. He would appear in the Christchurch High Court via a video link.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labeled the worst peacetime in New Zealand as a massive terrorist act and quickly introduced strict new firearms laws that banned semi-automatic weapons.
Muslims around the world have praised New Zealand's reaction to the massacre, paying close attention to Ardern's gesture of wearing a headscarf to meet the families of victims and to encourage the country to unite with the call: "We are one".
However, others have criticized New Zealand for not registering hate crimes and ignoring threats from white racist groups. A Royal Commission investigates whether the shooting could have been prevented.
. (tagsToTranslate) Brenton Tarrant (t) Christchurch attack (t) Jacinda Ardern (t) new zealand