New Zealand mosque terror attack suspect appears to make ‘white power‘ gesture in court

Brenton Tarrant, 28, briefly came before a district court judge, charged with murder. His hands were handcuffed and he was wearing prison clothes. 

He was flanked by two police officers and showed no emotion as the judge addressed read out a single murder charge. 

Tarrant was then seen making an OK gesture – a symbol which has been used by white supremacists. 

The judge later added it was “reasonable to assume” more charges would follow. 

SUSPECT: Brenton Tarrant appeared in court charged with the murder of 49 people (Pic: REUTERS) Related Articles

COURT: Tarrant was pictured using an OK gesture that is commonly seen in online groups (Pic: REUTERS)

MOURNING: People laid flowers outside one of Christchurch‘s mosques (Pic: GETTY)

“Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence”

Jacinda Ardern

He was reprimanded without plea until his next appearance at New Zealand’s High Court on April 5. 

The judge also ordered his face to be pixelated to preserve his fair trial rights, in accordance with New Zealand law. 

on Friday. 

It was the deadliest terror attack in the nation’s history. 


POLICE: New Zealand cops patrolled the area near the two Christchurch mosques (Pic: GETTY)

APRIL: Tarrant will appear at New Zealand‘s High Court next month (Pic: GETTY) Related Articles

JACINDA ARDERN: New Zealand‘s Prime Minister addressed the nation shortly after the attack (Pic: GETTY)

MOSQUE: 49 people were killed at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on Friday (Pic: GETTY)

“Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence. 

“Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here. 

“They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home.” 

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