the essential The suspect arrested after stabbing British MP David Amess to death has been charged with murder and preparation for terrorist acts. This young man of 25 years is due to be presented this Thursday 21 October to a judge in London.
Ali Harbi Ali, a 25 year-old Briton of Somali origin, is due to be presented to a judge in London on Thursday. “We will submit to the court the fact that this murder has a terrorist connection, more precisely of both religious and ideological motivations,” said Nick Price, head of the anti-terrorism division of the prosecution, in a statement.
A program to fight radicalization
The police had already mentioned “a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism”. David Amess, 69 year-old Tory MP and father of five, was stabbed to death on Friday while talking to his constituents at a Methodist church in Leigh- on-Sea, approximately 60 kilometers east of London. The suspect, who according to British media had followed an anti-radicalization program, was arrested on the spot.
This drama shocked the country, recalling the trauma of the assassination of Labor MP Jo Cox in June 2016 by a right-wing extremist and prompting calls to strengthen the security of elected officials.