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Accused Christchurch shooter SMILES as he pleads not guilty to killing 51 people in mosque massacre - as survivors in court gasp and cry in shock

Brenton Tarrant, 28, denied 92 terrorism, murder and attempted murder chargesShocked survivors gasped and cried as Tarrant smiled while entering his pleasAn Australian man accused of shooting dead 51 people has pleaded not guilty

The Australian man accused of shooting dead 51 worshippers at two New Zealand mosques has smiled as he pleaded not guilty to murder and terror charges.

Grafton man Brenton Tarrant, 28, denied 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one terrorism offence at Christchurch High Court on Friday.

Survivors gasped and cried when Tarrant pleaded guilty to all 92 charges via video from a maximum-security prison in Auckland.

Tarrant faces a new terrorist charge under a new act - the first time such a charge has been brought in New Zealand.

Accused Christchurch shooter SMILES as he pleads not guilty to killing 51 people in mosque massacre - as survivors in court gasp and cry in shock
Brenton Tarrant, 28, pleaded guilty to 92 charges of terrorism, murder and attempted murder. He is pictured when he appeared in court on March 16 - one day after the alleged shooting

Dozens of relatives of victims and survivors packed the courtroom, some visibly nervous during the hearing, other in tears as the pleas were entered.

Two further courts and some 200 seats were set aside for the public and police maintained a heavy presence through the building.

The court on Friday also found Tarrant was mentally fit to stand trial after earlier requesting routine reports.

The terror charge against him, laid last month, will be the first prosecution of its kind in New Zealand and some legal experts say it could potentially lead to a complex trial.

But Christchurch's Muslim community has welcomed the decision by prosecutors to treat the shootings as an act of terrorism.

Members of the public (pictured) mourned in the days following the March 15 attack

Tarrant is being held in New Zealand's only maximum security jail, in Auckland, and prison staff say he has no access to television, radio, newspapers or visitors.

New Zealand's major media organisations have agreed to self-imposed restrictions on reporting to combat far-right extremist views.

A lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons targeted Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch on March 15.

The attack killed 51 worshipers and wounded dozens and was was broadcast live on Facebook.

Tarrant's case will return to court on August 16 and he will be trialed on May 4, 2020.

Al Noor Mosque is now covered in tributes to people killed in the attack. Police guarded the mosque during Ramadan (pictured)
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Akhil Rasheed

wah kya kanoon hai is duniya ka sare saboot hai phir bhi saza nahi huvi

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Nandu

well done Brenton....salute to you.

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Piggy Chops

hindus christians bbuddhists jjews other religiius people all target and kill mmuslims n barma india .yemen syria aafghanistan iraq and so on. yet they say mmuslims are terrorists. mmuslims are not terrorists they are the victims here. after all this why u people think muslims should be killed.

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