MercoPress, en Español

Montevideo, April 14th 2024 - 11:40 UTC



Terrorist who killed British MP gets life in jail

Wednesday, April 13th 2022 - 20:30 UTC
Full article 2 comments
There is no chance of parole for the “committed, fanatical, radicalized Islamist terrorist” Ali There is no chance of parole for the “committed, fanatical, radicalized Islamist terrorist” Ali

A London Court Wednesday handed down a life imprisonment sentence on convicted terrorist Ali Harbi Ali for the Oct. 16, 2021, murder of British Conservative MP Sir David Amess.

Wednesday's whole-life sentence means there is no possibility of parole for the terrorist killer, who had been found guilty of the charges against him Monday by a jury that needed less than 20 minutes to reach a verdict.

Read also: Suspect found guilty of murdering British MP

“I've done it because of Syria,” Ali said after the attack. “I've done it because of the innocent people. I've done it because of the bombing. He deserved to die,” the Islamic State sympathizer Ali had said.

The British national Ali had researched other potential targets including Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, Defense Minister Ben Wallace, and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab before choosing Amess.

Ali, of Somali heritage, traveled from his north London home -- with a 12-inch knife -- to see Amess during a public meeting with constituents. Angry at Amess for supporting British bombings in Syria against the government of dictator Bashar Al Assad, Ali stabbed the lawmaker numerous times.

“This was a murder that struck at the heart of our democracy,” British High Court Judge Nigel Hamilton Sweeney said at the Central Criminal Court during Wednesday's sentencing.

Ali, described as “bloodthirsty” by prosecutors, said he had no regrets for killing Amess over his voting in Parliament for Syrian airstrikes in 2014 and 2015. He declined to take the stand as his verdict was read Monday, citing “religious grounds.”

“It's clear that the man who begins a life sentence today is a cold, calculated, and dangerous individual,” Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes said in a statement outside court following the sentencing.

During the trial, prosecutors had said he was a “committed, fanatical, radicalized Islamist terrorist.”


Categories: Politics, International.

Top Comments

Disclaimer & comment rules
  • imoyaro

    Another “Known Wolf”...

    Apr 14th, 2022 - 12:47 am 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Life imprisonment ? a bit soft, eh ?

    They should execute him in the same manner as he did his victim.....and do it in such a way as to give him time to ponder over his vile act before he bled out...

    Apr 14th, 2022 - 04:22 pm 0
Read all comments

Commenting for this story is now closed.
If you have a Facebook account, become a fan and comment on our Facebook Page!