British MP killed: suspect charged with murder and preparation of terrorist acts

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.

The suspect charged. The UK was in shock: on Friday 15 last October, 69-year-old British parliamentarian David Amess , was killed with knives in a methodical church, while he was receiving citizens. The suspect, arrested after the MP’s death, has been charged with murder and preparation for terrorist acts, police and prosecutors said Thursday 21 October.

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.

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