Legal experts are concerned charging the man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks with terrorism is risky, and will give him a platform to espouse white supremacist views.
The terrorism charge follows consultation between the police, Crown Law and the Christchurch Crown Solicitors Office.
The 28-year-old now faces 51 murder charges, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge under the Terrorism Suppression Act.
Alexander Gillespie is a Professor of Law at Waikato University. He discusses the implications.