89 charges laid over NZ mosque shooting

Brian Tarrant 28 seen in court March 16 now faces 50 charges of murder

The man accused of shooting dead 50 Muslim worshippers in a Christchurch mosque sat impassively Friday as a New Zealand judge ordered him to undergo tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial for murder.

Australian-born Brenton Tarrant appeared in front of Justice Cameron Mander in Christchurch High Court via a video link from Auckland's Paremoremo prison.

If found guilty, Tarrant faces life in prison without parole, something that has never happened in New Zealand before.

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

Justice Mander said the next court date is June 14, and that "it will be decided on that day if the accused is fit to plead depending on the mental health assessments". It's standard for defendants to be evaluated by two health experts to determine their fitness for trial.

Fifty Muslim worshipers died in the attacks at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques on March 15, and scores were injured in New Zealand's worst modern act of violence.

But they would require the consent of the Solicitor-General to lay terror charges against the accused.

"The man had no emotion", said Tofazzal Alam, a regular at one of the mosques, when asked about seeing the suspect on video.

Despite the extra security measures, the suspect, who arrived in handcuffs, was pictured making what appeared to be a hand gesture associated with the white supremacist movement.

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Tarrant earlier dismissed lawyer Richard Peters, who was assigned to represent him during his district court appearance. He killed 50 people and he doesn't look like he's bothered.

He was eventually stopped by police on his way to what they said was a likely third target, and taken into custody.

The High Court received 12 applications from both New Zealand media and foreign organisations to film, take photographs or make audio recordings at Friday's hearing.

The gunman broadcast his attack live on Facebook.

"I just wanted to see his face.it's not going to bring the loved ones back".

"I don't want a heart that is boiling like a volcano, a volcano has anger, fury, rage, it does not have peace", he said.

The government has also said it will review laws dealing with hate speech.

Dozens of representatives from around the world joined a national memorial service last week attended by Ardern and tens of thousands of New Zealanders.

Tarrant travelled extensively since 2010 before settling in the New Zealand city of Dunedin. They had been told clearly that he was unable to see them.

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