New Zealand announces highest-level inquiry into Christchurch terror attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday announced a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch terror attack.

The independent judicial inquiry is the country’s highest-level form of investigation.

“The inquiry will look at what could have or should have been done to prevent the attack,” Ardern said at a press conference.

She said the form of inquiry was appropriate for “matters of the gravest public importance.”

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Her cabinet will finalize the terms of reference for the commission in the coming weeks.

On March 15, 50 people were massacred at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. 

An Australian white supremacist has been charged with murder over the attack and is expected to reappear in court next week.

aw/se (AFP, AP)

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