mental health exams observed Tarrant healthy to stand trial.

"No trouble arises regarding the defendant's health to plead, to train suggest, and to stand his trial. A fitness hearing isn't always required," decide Cameron Mander said in a assertion issued quickly after the hearing.

The 28-12 months-antique Australian appeared thru video link from a small room on the maximum protection prison in Auckland where he's being held. His hyperlink had been muted, and he did now not strive to speak.

sporting a gray sweatshirt, Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, smirked as his attorney entered the pleas but in any other case showed little emotion. 

some 80 survivors and family of those killed attended the listening to.

Mander scheduled a six-week trial beginning next can also. Tarrant could be remanded in custody till August 16, whilst a case overview is scheduled.

sms/jm (AP, Reuters, AFP)