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New Zealand terrorist to remain in custody

New Zealand terrorist to remain in custody

The terrorist flashed an apparent “white power” gesture as he faced court over a massacre which prompted New Zealand's prime minister to vow to toughen the country’s gun laws.
16.03.2019 - 09:07

A court in New Zealand decided Saturday that the terrorist charged with murder in a terror attack would remain in custody until April 5.


Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, would remain imprisoned without a plea and he did not request bail during his appearance at Christchurch District Court.

Tarrant used his right hand to flash an inverted “OK” symbol, a gesture sometimes associated with support for white power.

Police said earlier Saturday the court would be closed to the public during Tarrant’s appearance. The precaution was taken because of a high-security risk, according to police in a statement that said the court will be open to the media.

Tarrant opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch. Four suspects -- three men and one woman -- were detained. One of the suspects have reportedly released.