The suspected Christchurch mosques attack terrorist appeared in court Saturday accused of slaughtering 49 worshippers and injuring fifty others a day before.
The 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant is from Australia and he livestreamed the massacre on Facebook for about 17 minutes outlining his anti-immigrant motives.
Arriving in court he appeared making a white hand power symbol with right hand. He is currently charged with one count of murder. More charges are expected.
According to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a total of three people have been arrested in the wake of two mosques attack in Christchurch.
A fourth person was arrested on Friday but released later with the intention of assisting police. He was in possession of a firearm.
The attackers killed 41 people at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue in central Christchurch while seven more were murdered at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque. One seriously injured died at the Christchurch Hospital.
In the wake of mosques attack the prime minister said New Zealand’s gun laws would change.
She added the suspect had a Category A gun license and this mean he can legally use semi-automatic weapons.
The PM further said, “While the nation grapples with a form of grief and anger that we have not experienced before, we are seeking answers.”
On Friday she described the mosques attack as one of New Zealand’s darkest days saying, “What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”