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In Wake of Shooting, New Zealanders Show Kindness to Muslims

U.S. News

Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared in court amid strict security, shackled and wearing all-white prison garb, and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow. Tarrant posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online and apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter on Facebook.


Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty

FOX News

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – The man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques has pleaded not guilty to all the charges that have been filed against him. Brenton Tarrant on Friday entered not guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one terrorism charge at the Christchurch High Court in relation to the March 15 massacre. The 28-year-old Australian appeared via video link from a small room at the maximum security prison in Auckland where he's being held. Wearing a gray sweat shirt, Tarrant smirked as his lawyer entered the pleas but otherwise showed little emotion. His link had been muted, and he didn't attempt to speak.


New Zealand gunman 'rational,' will represent himself: ex-lawyer

The Japan Times

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - The Australian charged with murder in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques plans to represent himself and appears "rational," his court-appointed lawyer said Monday. Brenton Tarrant was charged with one count of murder -- though he may face other charges -- and appeared at Christchurch District Court on Saturday after the rampage during Friday prayers that left at least 50 people dead. Duty lawyer Richard Peters, who represented him during the preliminary court hearing, said the 28-year-old "indicated he does not want a lawyer." "He wants to be self-represented in this case," said Peters, who played down suggestions that Tarrant may not be fit for trial. "The way he presented was rational and someone who was not suffering any mental disability. He seemed to understand what was going on," Peters said.


Man accused in Christchurch mosque slayings of 51 pleads not guilty

The Japan Times

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - The man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques has pleaded not guilty to all the charges that have been filed against him. Brenton Tarrant on Friday entered not guilty pleas to 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one terrorism charge at the Christchurch High Court in relation to the March 15 massacre. The 28-year-old Australian appeared via video link from a small room at the maximum security prison in Auckland where he's being held. Wearing a gray sweat shirt, Tarrant smirked as his lawyer entered the pleas but otherwise showed little emotion. His link had been muted, and he didn't attempt to speak.


Prosecutors seek 21-year sentence for Norway mosque attacker

Al Jazeera

Norwegian prosecutors on Wednesday requested a 21-year sentence for a far-right attacker who admitted to opening fire in a mosque near Oslo after killing his step-sister. Philip Manshaus, 22, is accused of murder and committing an act of terror. "He seems likely to be dangerous for a very long time," prosecutor Johan Overberg, told a court outside Oslo in his closing statement. Manshaus was arrested on August 10, 2019, after opening fire in the Al-Noor mosque in the affluent Oslo suburb of Baerum while wearing a bulletproof vest and a helmet with a camera strapped to it. Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries as a 65-year-old man overpowered Manshaus.