The Australian gunman accused of killing 51 people and injuring dozens in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has pleaded not guilty to more than 90 charges.
He has filed a not guilty plea to 51 charges of murder and 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge under the Terrorism Suppression Act, the first time such a charge has been used inside the country.
Court security and police intervened after the confrontation.
Outside the courtroom, a man reportedly speaking in support of white supremacy was escorted away by police, according to The Associated Press.
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Several family members and survivors of the mosque shooting were among those in court.
Shutters clicked as the gunman's lawyers, Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, dragged suitcases of court documents through entrance A1.
"He's a coward. And behind the cell he's laughing", Aziz said.
'It was very hard for us even just to look at him'.
Previously charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder, Tarrant faced an amended charge of murder Friday following the death of Turkish national Zekeriya Tuyan, 46, on May 2, two additional charges of attempted murder and a charge of engaging in a terrorist act under the Terrorism Suppression Act of 2002, developed in the global fallout after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
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This is the first time a terrorism charge has been brought in New Zealand.
"We are strong. He is the loser and we are the winners". He will lose, ' he told reporters.
The pleas were met with quiet gasps from the victims and their families, who packed the public gallery in the back of the courtroom.
Justice Mander said the court had reviewed reports on the defendant's mental health and that "No issues arise regarding the defendant's fitness to plead, to instruct council and to stand trial".
The act of terrorism left the entire Muslim community shaken, with the worldwide community and locals showing their solidarity with the affected.
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Fifty-one people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15.