British Police Investigating PM’s Killing as Terrorism

The Mirror is reporting an eerie history of watching an infamous radical Islamist preacher on YouTube may be revealing to investigators a motive in last week’s assassination of British MP Sir David Amess. It appears the homicide suspect may have become radicalized in recent years.

As reported at The Tatum Report last week, in Leigh-on-Sea, while Amess was conducting a constituent surgery (town hall), a knife-wielding attacker allegedly stabbed the MP multiple times, killing him. Police initially released scant information about the suspect or any possible motive.

Police have identified the suspect as Ali Harbi Ali, a British national of Somali descent. According to Heavy.com, “Ali’s Father, ‘Harbi Ali Kullane, a Former Adviser to Somalia’s Prime Minister,’ said he Is ‘Traumatized’ by what happened.”

Investigators have learned Ali “became ‘obsessed’ with [Anjem] Choudary and watched video of him.” The Sun reported a friend told them, “Choudary was someone he became utterly obsessed with.”

In 2016, a court sentenced Choudary to five years and six months in prison, ruling he “invited support for ISIS.” Mr. Justice Holroyde, using the Sec 12 Terrorism Act 2000, said Choudary “crossed the line between the legitimate expression of your own views and a criminal act.” Choudary was released from prison in 2018 but banned from public speaking. The court lifted that ban this past July.

Police are now treating the death as a terror-related homicide “with a potential link to Islamist extremism.” Investigators report they have visited several residences, speaking with people described as Ali’s “ex-school pals.” In school, former classmates described him as “a really lovely lad. A devoted Muslim and very popular.” Another added, “He’d socialize, and everyone really liked him.”

Investigators have reported that Ali booked an appointment through a public Twitter account to meet with Sir David at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Essex a week before the attack.

Being terror-related, police said Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 allows them to keep the suspect incarcerated at a London police station until October 22.

Heavy.com also stated, “Ali was referred to the Anti-Terrorism Prevent Program ‘some years ago,’ but was not formally investigated by MI5, the BBC Reports.”

As the investigation continues, heartfelt condolences continue to pour in from around the world for Sir David’s family. The family encourages people to remember the MP by supporting “the many charities he worked with.”

 

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