British prosecutors have charged 25-year-old Ali Harbi Ali with the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess after he was stabbed to death last week while he was holding a constituency meeting at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
In a statement released on Thursday, Nick Price, Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division said that “we will submit to the court that this murder has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations.”
“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”, Price added.
Price also commented that “The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Ali are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.”
Tory lawmaker Sir David Amess was brutally stabbed to death last Friday at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex while he was holding a constituency surgery. The Metropolitan police declared hours later it was a “terrorist incident” with a “potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."
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