The man who stabbed British politician David Amess to death on Friday did so because the House of Commons voted for an air strike on Syria. The prosecutor said that in the arraignment of 25-year-old Briton of Somali descent. He‘ll be stuck for now.
Amess (69), parliamentarian for the Tories, was stabbed to death in a church in Leigh-on-Sea, where he spoke to residents of his constituency. The suspect, Ali Harbi Ali, was arrested shortly after.
According to the prosecutor, Ali had a religious and ideological motive and was an Islamic State supporter. Two years ago, he would have started planning an assassination attempt on an MP. At first he had two targets other than Amess in mind, the prosecution said.
The arraignment lasted less than fifteen minutes and the suspect was silent. According to courtjournalists, he smiled at his lawyers when he entered.
The Amess assassination attempt led to shocked reactions in the United Kingdom. At Prime Minister Johnson’s office residence, 10 Downing Street, the flag was half-mast.
Johnson, together with opposition leader Starmer, put wreaths on the site of the attack, can be seen in this video: