Man Accused in Christchurch Mosque Shootings Now Faces Terrorism Charge - VIDEO | Eurasia Diary - ednews.net

26 June, Wednesday


Man Accused in Christchurch Mosque Shootings Now Faces Terrorism Charge - VIDEO

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The Australian man accused of fatally shooting dozens of Muslim worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has been charged with carrying out a terrorist act, the police said Tuesday.

Brenton H. Tarrant, 28, already faced 50 counts of murder after the massacre on March 15. An additional murder charge was lodged against him Tuesday, in relation to the death in Christchurch Hospital earlier this month of another man who was shot in the attack.

Mr. Tarrant also faces 40 attempted murder charges.

It is rare for the authorities to invoke New Zealand’s Terrorism Suppression Act to charge a suspect, and a police spokesman said in a statement that the decision to bring forth a charge of engaging in a terrorist act was made after police officials consulted government lawyers.

Officers would not say why they pursed a terrorism charge against Mr. Tarrant when he already faces so many counts of murder. If he is found guilty, both the murder and terrorism charges are punishable by life in prison.

Al Jazeera

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