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Christchurch attacks accused to face 50 murder charges: NZ police

The 28-year-old will appear via video link in the Christchurch court from a maximum-security prison in Auckland

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Police said further charges were being considered against Tarrant -- a self-avowed white supremacist -- but did not specify what they were

The man accused of carrying out the mosque last month will face 50 murder charges when he appears in court this week, said Thursday.

Australian was previously charged with one murder as a holding measure, but police said all the deaths and injuries in the March 15 would be reflected in upgraded charges during his next appearance on Friday.

"The man arrested in relation to the terror will face 50 murder and 39 attempted murder charges when he appears in the in on Friday," they said in a statement.

Police said further charges were being considered against Tarrant -- a self-avowed white supremacist -- but did not specify what they were.

They could relate to whether the court deems attack a terrorist act.

The 28-year-old will appear via video link in the from a maximum-security prison in

A note from the court this week said the appearance was likely to be brief and would "ascertain the defendant's position regarding legal representation" and other procedural matters.

Tarrant sacked a after his first court appearance on March 16, raising fears he wanted to represent himself and attempt to use any trial as a propaganda platform.

The court said Tarrant would not be required to enter a plea during Friday's hearing.

The court has now barred media from filming or photographing the accused.

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First Published: Thu, April 04 2019. 09:55 IST
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