New Delhi: An 18-year-old has appeared in a New Zealand court charged with distributing the livestream video of the deadly mass shooting at Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque. Also Read - 'Proud Moment': Indian-Origin New Zealand MP Creates History by Taking Oath in Sanskrit, Video Goes Viral | Watch
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. Also Read - New Zealand Cops Dance to ‘Kala Chashma’ & 'Kar Gayi Chull' on Diwali, Set Twitter on Fire | Watch
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 April 8. Also Read - Making India Proud: New Zealand’s First-Ever Indian-Origin Minister Addresses Parliament in Malayalam | Watch
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.
Meanwhile, there were Indians among the 50 people killed by a white supremacist, who opened fire on worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, the Indian High Commission said.
The attacker, identified by authorities as Australia-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, targeted immigrants during Friday prayers. Witnesses said victims were shot at close range.
The high commission confirmed on Sunday that five Indians were killed in the attack. “With a very heavy heart, we share the news of loss of precious lives of our five nationals in the ghastly terror attack in #Christchurch,” it tweeted.
It identified them as: Maheboob Khokhar; Ramiz Vora; Asif Vora; Ansi Alibava; and Ozair Kadir.
In another tweet later, the high commission informed that Immigration NZ has set up a dedicated webpage to expedite the visa for family members of Christchurch victims.