The Australian man accused of carrying out the Christchurch terror attack will appear in court for the second time on Friday, this time facing 50 charges of murder and 39 of attempted murder.
But legal experts disagree on whether the Crown should try and convict the 28-year-old of terrorism.
AUT law professor Kris Gledhill told Newshub there would be little point.
“A terrorism charge would add to the length of the trial without necessarily adding anything to the sentencing powers that would be available to the judge.”
But Massey University legal professor Chris Gallivan disagrees, saying it’s the principle that matters.