New Zealand shooting: Christchurch teenager charged with distributing visuals of mosque rampage, 'inciting violence'

The teenager, whose name was suppressed by the judge, was also charged with publishing a photograph of the Christchurch mosque with the message 'target acquired', and for inciting violence

Agence France-Presse March 18, 2019 14:23:28 IST
New Zealand shooting: Christchurch teenager charged with distributing visuals of mosque rampage, 'inciting violence'
  • The teenager, whose name was suppressed by the judge, was also charged with publishing a photograph of the mosque with the message – target acquired

  • He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for each charge, prosecutors said

  • A judge did not grant him bail and he is due back in court on 8 April

Christchurch: An 18-year-old has appeared in a New Zealand court charged with distributing the livestream video of a deadly mass shooting at Christchurch's Al Noor mosque.

New Zealand shooting Christchurch teenager charged with distributing visuals of mosque rampage inciting violence

A police officer stands guard in front of the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. AP

The teenager, whose name was suppressed by the judge, was also charged with publishing a photograph of the mosque with the message "target acquired", and for inciting violence.

He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for each charge, prosecutors said.

A judge did not grant him bail and he is due back in court on 8 April. The hearing came after 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant allegedly carried out the shootings at Al Moor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch on Friday in which 50 people were killed and dozens more injured.

Investigators had said that the teenager was so far not believed to be directly involved in his attacks. District Court Judge Stephen O'Driscoll added that details related to the charges were also to be suppressed.

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