Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who has been accused of killing 49 people in two New Zealand mosques, flashed a “white power” sign when he appeared in court Saturday.
The 28-year-old Australian citizen was flanked by two armed guards during his brief court appearance that lasted only about one minute.
But Tarrant, who was handcuffed and wearing a white prison jumpsuit, managed to express a lot in that brief moment as he used his right hand to flash an inverted “OK” sign, a gesture that has become associated with white power, particularly in internet circles.
Tarrant was seemingly well aware of the throngs of journalists who were present at the appearance and he looked directly at the media. “He came into court, he didn’t say anything at all.
He stood there looking directly at the media in the courtroom and was smirking throughout his appearance,” Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reported.