The judge presiding over a court hearing for suspected New Zealand mosque shooter ordered his face be blurred in photographs to preserve his “fair trial rights.”
Brenton Tarrant, 28, who allegedly slaughtered 49 people at two mosques, made an “OK” hand gesture during his appearance the Christchurch court room — which could be seen clearly despite his face being obscured.
The hand gesture is a symbol used by white supremacists and far-right internet trolls.
District Court Judge Paul Kellar allowed photographs of him in the courtroom, but ordered his face be pixelated to preserve his “fair trial rights,” the New Zealand Herald reported.
Tarrant was hit with one count of murder for the two mass shootings during the court appearance on Saturday morning local time. More charges were expected to be brought against him at a later date.