Criminal charges, such as murder and attempted murder are easier to pursue, although prosecutors may want the accused tried as a terrorist to make the point that right-wing extremism is just as unsafe as its Islamic counterpart. He was arrested on the day of the shootings itself. He also posted a manifesto of his beliefs before the shootings.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called the mosque killings a well-planned "terrorist attack" and taken immediate steps to tighten the country's gun laws. She has since initiated an independent judicial probe into the twin attacks, asking the police and intelligence officials to implement a royal commission - the most powerful judicial probe available under New Zealand law.
On Tuesday, a bill which proposes banning semi-automatic firearms, magazines and parts used to assemble illegal firearms passed its first reading in Parliament, gaining the support of every lawmaker in the house, bar one.
The former NSW resident is being held in New Zealand's only maximum detention prison, in Auckland, where he has no visitors or access to media reports.
Despite the extra security measures, the suspect, who arrived in handcuffs, was pictured making what appeared to be a hand gesture associated with the white supremacist movement.
Amongst his victims, sixteen are still in hospital almost three weeks after the shootings.
He was not required to enter a plea. Its main objective is to establish Mr Tarrant's legal representation as well as any administrative matters.
While upset after the court appearance, Mr Alam said he was no longer afraid.
Although initially indicating he planned to represent himself in court, and dismissing his duty lawyer, two Auckland lawyers, Jonathan Hudson and Shane Tait, have now confirmed they will represent him, in what will be one of the most complex and lengthy court proceedings in New Zealand history.
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