David Amess: Ali Harbi Ali, 25, charged with murder of British MP

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British police have charged Ali Harbi Ali, 25, with the murder of lawmaker David Amess, saying his fatal stabbing at a meeting in his constituency was an act of terrorism.

Amess’s murder has shocked Britain’s political establishment coming five years after another lawmaker was murdered, prompting calls for increased safety for members of parliament.

“We will submit to the court that this murder has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations,” Nick Price, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division said on Thursday.

“He has also been charged with the preparation of terrorist acts.

“This follows a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.”

A man has been charged with the murder of MP David Amess, who was stabbed to death in his constituency east of London last week.
A man has been charged with the murder of MP David Amess, who was stabbed to death in his constituency east of London last week. Credit: AAP

Ali, the son of an ex-media adviser to a former prime minister of Somalia, is due to appear at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ court later on Thursday.

“There has been considerable speculation in the media about the background, history and motivation of the man now charged,” said Matt Jukes, London police’s Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations.

“I understand the huge level of public interest in this case, but now a charge has been brought, it is vitally important that everyone exercises restraint when commenting on it publicly, to ensure future court proceedings are not prejudiced in any way.”

Stabbed at church

Amess, 69, died after being stabbed several times at around midday Friday at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

He entered Parliament in 1983, initially representing the Basildon constituency, and had served continuously in the House of Commons since then, making him one of the longest-serving lawmakers in the chamber.

David Amess was meeting with votes in a church when he was fatally stabbed.
David Amess was meeting with votes in a church when he was fatally stabbed. Credit: AP

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum spoke Friday of their sadness, concern, and anger that another of their colleagues was killed while meeting with constituents.

– with CNN

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