U.K. police lay murder, terrorism charges in death of MP David Amess

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British police on Thursday charged a man with preparing for acts of terrorism and stabbing to death a Conservative MP who was killed last week while meeting constituents in a church hall.

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Officials say Ali Herbie Ali, a 25-year-old British man of Somali heritage, has been charged with the death of David Ames. The case shook the country accustomed to having face-to-face contact with its leaders and engaging in vigorous debates on the issues of the day.

Nick Price of the Crown Prosecution Service said, “We will present in court that this murder has a terroristic connection, that is, it had both religious and ideological motivations.” “He has also been accused of preparing terrorist acts.”

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The death of Ames, who had served in Parliament for nearly 40 years and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015, has raised concerns among UK politicians about security, which is accessible to its constituents. Proud to be.

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A special session of the House of Commons on Monday resonated with appeals to compel social media giants to do more to curb the spread of online hate that has poisoned political discourse.

It comes five years after Labor MLA Joe Cox was shot dead and stabbed to death by a far-right extremist. Cox was the first British MP to be killed since a peace deal that ended widespread Northern Ireland violence nearly 30 years ago.

Ames, 69, was a social conservative who opposed abortion, campaigned for animal rights and strongly supported Britain’s exit from the European Union.

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Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations Matt Jukes said the force “will continue to build on our case.” He said detectives analyzed computers, searched several London addresses and reviewed CCTV footage as part of the investigation.

“It remains the case that no other arrests have been made and at this time we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident,” he said.

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