Brenton Tarrant charged – Christchurch terrorist makes white power symbol as he appears in court handcuffed and barefoot after mosque massacres https://t.co/BiWUTo6C3c pic.twitter.com/qZPxbA6tMA
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Brenton Tarrant, the accused killer of 49 people in two mosque shootings in Christchurch, flashed a white power symbol during his first court appearance. Photos show Tarrant flashing the “OK” symbol that the white supremacy movement has adopted as an alt-right code.
The accused killer also smiled. He only faces one charge but more are expected to be added, authorities have said. According to Daily Beast, he didn’t ask for an order that would have prevented the media in New Zealand from using his name. The news site also said the public wasn’t let into the actual courtroom.
New Zealand shooting: Terror attack suspect in court as ‘knifeman’ tries to get in
Brenton Tarrant, 28, has appeared at Christchurch District Court, New Zealand, to face a murder charge after the terror attacks in mosques pic.twitter.com/ubLOl1PoQt
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A few new details were released about Brenton Harrison Tarrant. For example, the court was told that Tarrant used “five guns, including semi-automatic rifles and shotguns and was in possession of a gun license,” Mirror reported.
Brothers Yama Nabi and Omar Nabi were at the courthouse in honor of their father Daoud Nabi, who was the first victim to be named in the mosque tragedy. Omar Nabi previously told NBC News that his father, 71, “had thrown himself in front of another worshipper and been shot.” He also said that Daoud Nabi would reach out to help refugees in his community. It was one of several stories of heroism to emerge.
Brothers Yama Nabi and Omar Nabi (L-R) speak to the media about their father Daoud Nabi who was killed at Al Noor mosque as they wait in front of Christchurch District Court where the suspected shooter Brenton Tarrant is due to appear shortly on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Authorities said previously that three people, including Tarrant, were in custody. However, they have said almost nothing about those other two people – just that they are under investigation. Those people have not been named.
New Zealand police issued a series of tweets on March 15, 2019, in which they focused on Tarrant. Referring …read more