Sir David Amess murder suspect detained under Terrorism Act

Sir David Amess murder suspect detained under Terrorism Act
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Daily US Times: A man was detained after Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death on Friday. Whitehall officials have confirmed that the detained person is 25-year-old Ali Harbi Ali.

The British man was being held at a London police station under the Terrorism Act 2000 and the Metropolitan Police had until 22 October to question him.

Mr Ali, who is of Somali heritage, was referred to the counter-terrorist Prevent scheme a few years ago.

Officials don’t believe anyone else was involved in the attack.

Prevent is the United Kingdom’s terrorism-prevention programme, which aims to stop people being radicalised.

Teachers, the NHS, members of the public and others can refer individuals to a local panel of police, social workers and other experts who decide whether and how to intervene in their lives.

Involvement in the scheme is voluntary and it is not a criminal sanction.

It is thought Mr Ali didn’t spend long in the programme – and he was never a formal “subject of interest” to the Security Service, MI5.

Sir David Amess, 69, was a Conservative MP since 1983. He was holding a regular Friday meeting with constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, when he was stabbed multiple times.

The British MP was married with four daughters and a son.

A candlelit vigil was held in Leigh-on Sea on Saturday night to mark his life.

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