LONDON — A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of British Conservative MP David Amess, the Crown Prosecution Service announced.
Amess was killed last Friday after being stabbed multiple times at an open session he was holding for the public in his Southend seat.
Ali Harbi Ali, a British citizen, was arrested shortly afterwards and has now been charged with murder and preparing acts of terrorism.
Nick Price, head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “The CPS has authorised charges against 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.”
Amess was first elected to parliament in 1983 and had represented Southend West since 1997, where he was well-known as a champion of local causes.
Boris Johnson announced this week that Southend would be given city status in his honor.
The killing of Amess, five years after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, has raised questions over the safety of MPs in their constituencies. Home Secretary Priti Patel told the Commons Wednesday that the threat level to MPs was now being treated as “substantial.”
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