Terrorist of Christchurch massacre pleads not guilty to all charges

Christchurch (QNN)- The man accused of killing 51 people during a shooting spree in March at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has pleaded not guilty to all charges levelled against him.

The 29-year-old Australian man is facing 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one of engaging in a terrorist act. The trial, estimated to take six weeks, will go ahead on 4 May, 2020.

Appearing via video link from prison, the young man sat silently as his lawyer read out his plea.

In 15 March, the suspect appeared in a Facebook live streaming opening fire on Muslims during Friday prayers.

The suspect wrote a lengthy manifesto ahead of the shooting where he promised to plead not guilty, but also acknowledged it was an act of terrorism.

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