Germany: Mosque attack suspect sent money to French group

German police say the suspected New Zealand mosque gunman sent money to a French far-right group

BERLIN -- The suspected New Zealand mosque gunman sent money to a French far-right group and once bought a ticket to Bavaria's "fairytale castle," German police said Thursday.

Federal police declined to elaborate, but the German news agency dpa reported that Tarrant transferred 2,200 euros ($2,470) in September 2017.

New Zealand police have said that Tarrant will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges in his second court appearance on Friday.

German police said Tarrant used his credit card last November to pay for a ticket to Neuschwanstein Castle — a popular tourist destination near the Austrian border commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century.

Tarrant at the time was traveling around Europe with stops including Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Estonia.

Tarrant in 2014 also made a payment to a German living in the southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, police said. It was unclear what the purpose of the payment was. Federal police said their investigation is ongoing.