Christchurch attack: Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty to all charges

Source: BBC

Brenton Tarrant is charged with the murder of 51 people, 40 counts of attempted murder and one terrorism charge in New Zealand’s deadliest peace time mass shooting.

Appearing via video link from prison, the 29-year-old Australian sat silently as his lawyer read out his plea.

The 15 March attack saw a gunman open fire on Muslims during Friday prayers.

This is the first time a terrorism charge has been brought in New Zealand.

A number of the survivors of the attack and relatives of the victims were in court for the hearing, the BBC’s Sydney correspondent Hywel Griffith reported.

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  1. Read your article. Your approach is rationale and very logical. Hope will have some impact on those delivering justice. Not understood a man is captured live killing innocents. Many minutes live vedio and presence of many witnesses. After having all this on table what impact pleading not guilty will have on judge. Your concerns stemming from pleading not guilty are genuine as such justice system of NZ should react swiftly. Some times delayed justice equals to denied justice. My hope is NZ jury will handle the case amicably.

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