New Terrorism Charges Laid Against Christchurch Gunman
Further charges of terrorism and murder have been levelled against the Australian man allegedly behind the March 15 attack on Christchurch mosques.
New Zealand police have charged the man with one count of engaging in a terrorist act, under the country's Terrorism Suppression Act.
"The charge will allege that a terrorist act was carried out in Christchurch on 15 March 2019," police said in a statement on Tuesday.
"An additional murder charge and two additional attempted murder charges have also been filed."
It means that 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one charge under the Terrorism Suppression Act have now been filed against the man, identified as an Australian citizen.
NZ Commissioner of Police, Mike Bush, said officers had met with the survivors and victims of the attack, to inform them of the new charges to be laid. More than 200 victims and families attended the meeting.
"Police are committed to providing all the support necessary for what will be a challenging and emotional court process to come for the victim’s families and survivors of the attack," Bush said.
The case remains before NZ courts.
Local media recently came to the agreement to not refer to the alleged gunman by his name, as the court process continues.