A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess who was brutally stabbed to death at his constituency, aged 69.
Ali Harbi Ali was arrested at the scene at Belfairs Methodist Church, in Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, on Friday.
Confirming the news in a statement, Nick Price, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “The CPS has authorised charges against Ali Harbi Ali for the murder of MP Sir David Amess on Friday 15 October 2021.
“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.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Ali are active and that he has a right to a fair trial.”
Police and paramedics arrived at the scene within minutes of the attack, but the father-of-five was pronounced dead moments later.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer laid flowers outside the church where the politician was murdered.
The PM said Sir David was ‘one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics’.
Flags on government buildings were also flown at half-mast over the weekend as a mark of respect.
Tributes began pouring in on Twitter with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s wife, Carrie Johnson, writing: “Absolutely devastating news about Sir David Amess.
“He was hugely kind and good. An enormous animal lover and a true gent. This is so completely unjust. Thoughts are with his wife and their children.”
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