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New Zealand attacker to remain in custody: Court

Brenton Harrison Tarrant did not request bail during first court appearance

Beyza Binnur Dönmez   | 16.03.2019
New Zealand attacker to remain in custody: Court Police officers cordon off the area after gunmen attacked the two mosques and fired multiple times during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019. At least nine people were reportedly killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, local media reported Friday. ( Diederik van Heyningen - Anadolu Agency )


A court in New Zealand decided Saturday that the attacker  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.

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.

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