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Six in NZ court over mosque attack images

A police officer stands guard in front of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Source: AP

Six people accused of illegally redistributing a livestreamed video of the Christchurch terror attacks have appeared in court.

Six people have appeared in a New Zealand court on charges they illegally redistributed the video a gunman live-streamed as he shot worshippers at two mosques last month.

Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O'Driscoll on Monday denied bail to businessman Philip Arps and an 18-year-old suspect who both were taken into custody in March. The four others are not in custody.

The charge of supplying or distributing objectionable material carries a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment. Arps, 44, is scheduled to next appear in court via video link on 26 April.

The 18-year-old suspect is charged with sharing the live stream video and a still image of the Al Noor mosque with the words "target acquired."

He will reappear in court on 31 July when electronically monitored bail will be considered.

Police prosecutor Pip Currie opposed bail for the 18-year-old suspect and said the second charge, involving the words added to the still image, was of significant concern.

New Zealand's chief censor has banned both the live-streamed footage of the attack and the manifesto written and released by Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, who faces 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges in the 15 March attacks.

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