FBI agents arrested a 22-year-old white supremacist who they say shared video of last month’s attack on two mosques in New Zealand and who lied to authorities about possessing a weapon. https://t.co/f9OJStg27J
"The Australian man who carried out the Christchurch massacre has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder."
* The fresh charges against Tarrant were released in a written statement by New Zealand Police
* Police said other charges were still under consideration
* His case will be heard in the Christchurch High Court on April 5
"Tarrant's case will be heard in the Christchurch High Court on Friday. He will appear via video link from the maximum security prison in Auckland where he is in custody."
"The judge presiding over the case said the hearing will mainly be about Tarrant's legal representation. Tarrant has said he wants to represent himself, and he will not be required to enter a plea."
"The principal purpose of the call on April 5 will be to ascertain the defendant's position regarding legal representation and to receive information from the Crown regarding certain procedural steps and when it is envisaged those steps will be completed," Judge Cameron Mander said in court minutes."
"The man accused of the Christchurch terror attack has appointed two Auckland based defence lawyers to act on his behalf.
The appointment of the lawyers means the man will not self-represent, as he had previously indicated. "
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European investigators are digging deeper into possible links between far-right ideologues and the suspected Christchurch mosque gunman, who sent at least two donations to an anti-Muslim group with branches around Europe.
The probes currently concentrate on any money trails leading back to the 28-year-old suspect, who was charged this week with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder.
But it also reflects wider examinations into a new crop of far-right groups whose rise has paralleled the increasing use of anti-immigrant fears to buoy right-wing political parties in the West.
Among the groups most adept at stitching together the various strands of nativist anger and suspicion is the French-rooted Identitarian Movement, which promotes an alarmist message that Muslim migrants will one day overrun Western culture.
A spokesman for the French wing of the Identitarian Movement told The Washington Post on Thursday that the alleged Christchurch gunman sent an unsolicited donation of about 2200 euros ($3650) in September 2017.
That is the second European group to acknowledge receiving money from the suspected attacker. Last month, Austrian authorities raided the home of an Identitarian-linked leader, Martin Sellner, who was given a donation of nearly US$1,700 ($2520) by the accused more than a year ago.
In Germany, meanwhile, officials said they were pursuing their own probes into other possible ties between the accused Christchurch gunman and German extremists.
The Identitarian influence in Germany, Austria and France, has so far been amplified by links to members of right-wing parties, established academic associations and other groups.
The Identitarian followers are careful to not publicly condone the use of violence. Its views, though, are all about a looming clash of cultures and religion - with only one winner possible.
"One of the dangers of this ideology is that it creates an imminent threat from the outside: a coming war if we don't do anything about it," said Austrian right-wing extremism researcher Julia Ebner, with the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue. "A violent escalation is part of their ideology."
During that first week after the tragedy, the New Zealand Herald revealed that pig heads had been dumped at the Al Noor Mosque by neo-Nazi Phil Arps in 2016. He had filmed himself with the Hitler salute, shouting “Bring on the cull”. Arps, the owner of “Beneficial Insulation”, has been driving his van with Nazi symbols around the city for years – sun wheel, 14.88 and all. It wasn’t a news story until now. And he sure wasn’t the only one of his ilk, as the Islamic Women’s Council has pointed out over and over again without apparently being heard.
Also in that first week, a swastika was sprayed on the Christchurch street where the mosque shooter was arrested. In the light of the attack, it seems absolutely disgusting. Why was it not shocking before, in the light of eight decades of hate and the murder of millions of innocent people it represents?
To use the words of Afghanistan war veteran Simon Stromborn from the Porirua RSA: “People have said the Christchurch terror attacks was the day we lost our innocence. It was also the day our ignorance was exposed.”
Christchurch shooter threatened a Melbourne man for his comments about the United Patriots Front, two years before the attack. Yes that's the Australian UPF, and yes the police did not take a complaint about it https://t.co/N8Z0bAisfd
A man in a Trump T-shirt may face prison after he admitted to abusing worshippers outside the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, where 42 people were killed in a terrorist attack last month https://t.co/l9fJ70MXCmhttps://t.co/9bdYpphZDBl