Denver Newsroom, Apr 11, 2022 / 14:00 pm
A jury has convicted Ali Harbi Ali for the murder of Catholic Minister of Parliament Sir David Amess and for preparing acts of terrorism.
Ali, 26, of Kentish Town in north London, is a British citizen of Somali descent. He has said he was motivated by targeting MPs who had voted in favor of airstrikes in Syria.
Amess, a Catholic and a Minister of Parliament for the Conservative Party, was stabbed more than 20 times during the Oct. 15, 2021 attack. The MP was meeting with constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Paramedics attended to Amess for more than two-and-a-half hours before an air ambulance arrived to take him to a hospital. He died at the age of 69.
During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Ali had scouted and planned possible attacks on other MPs, including a cabinet minister he believed to be “a harm to Muslims.”