Sir David Amess killing: ‘MP killer’s phone call key to probe’

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external-terror Police were focusing on a phone call made by suspect Ali Herbie Ali after the fatal stabbing of Tory MP on Monday Sir David Amesey.


Eyewitnesses noticed that Ali, 25, was calmly using his mobile before officers arrived to arrest him as a veteran conservative The backbencher lay with his wounds outside the Belfairs Methodist Church on Friday leh-on-sea, Essex.

Sources said so far there was no indication that the phone call was to a “controller” or that someone else had directed the attack and detectives still believed that Sir David’s killer acted alone rather than as part of the plot. has worked.

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But he said the call, made by Ali, the son of a former Somali government official, was “relevant” to the investigation into the murder and could establish what caused it.

Other important evidence is expected to be uncovered from a trail of phones and computers used by Ali, which were brought to Croydon.

Any link to his Somali heritage is currently considered impossible, while reports suggest Sir David was targeted because his ties with Qatar were also being undermined. Earlier on Monday:

Investigators’ current assessment is that the victim, Sir David, has been chosen simply because his killer may have gained access to him and was one of several lawmakers classified as an Islamist-inspired terrorist attack.

Officials said much was still unclear, including whether the suspect – who was sent several years ago for a radicalization scheme but never flagged MI5 or listed potential attackers – had suddenly decided to strike.

“He was clearly the fanatic and although never really a lone wolf, it seems to have started on his own. But we don’t know yet when he turned around and what the trigger was,” a source said. he said.

Sir David, 69, was stabbed several times outside the church on Friday afternoon, where he was holding his regular Friday meeting with constituents. Paramedics tried for more than two hours to save him. Ali, whose most recent address appears to be in Kentish Town and whose father Herbie Ali lives in Culne Bounds Green, is in custody under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of murder.

They could be held under existing warrants until Friday before officials decide whether to charge or release them or apply for an extension.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has said that police have contacted all MPs since the murder and discussed their security amid concerns of copycat attacks and they are expected to be given additional security.

Some have raised the possibility that Ali was involved in the crackdown through online fanaticism during the lockdown, which police and security services had previously identified as a potential security threat as more people were online in sometimes stressful situations. Used to spend time

But Jonathan Hall QC, an independent critic of terrorism law, said it was too early to draw conclusions about possible causes or action that should be taken in response.

Meanwhile, neighbors in north London described their shock today when police searched a top-floor flat in Lady Somerset Road, Kentish Town, where Ali was believed to be living.

His father, 60, a former adviser to the Somali prime minister, spoke of his dismay at his son’s arrest, saying he felt “traumatised” and that it was “not something I had expected or even dreamed of”. “.


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