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29-year-old New Zealand Mosque Killings Suspect Pleaded Not Guilty

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Mojisola Lawal
An Australian, Brenton Tarrant accused of murdering dozens of Muslims praying in Christchurch, New Zealand mosques has pleaded not guilty to 92 charges.

Tarrant was accused of killing 51 Muslims during the Friday congregational prayers – in the city of Christchurch on 15 March.
He allegedly opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon and broadcast the killings on Facebook.

29-year-old Tarrant, who is a suspected white supremacist, appeared in the Christchurch court by video link from the maximum security Paremoremo Prison in the northern city of Auckland.

He is facing 51 murder charges and 40 attempted murder charges, along with a terrorism charge.
He said nothing during proceedings and the not guilty pleas were entered by his lawyer Shane Tait on his behalf.
According to the New Zealand Herald, the bereaved in the public gallery gasped when the pleas were entered and Tarrant gave a small smile.

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