British Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Sunday that the security of legislators would be strengthened. He was responding to the assassination of Conservative MP David Amesa on Friday after he was stabbed to death by an assailant. This was reported by Sky News.
The 69-year-old MP was attacked at a Methodist church in Lee-an-Sieve, 62 kilometers east of London. Ames met the voters of his constituency there. According to the British police, this is probably an act of terrorism related to Islamic extremism.
The attack caused concern among MEPs as it was the second attack on a Member of Parliament in recent years. In June 2016, during a campaign before the Brexit referendum, the attacker shot and killed Labor MP Joe Cox, AFP reports.
Patel therefore ordered a review of security measures. He said measures to protect MEPs should “fill in all the gaps”, including regular meetings with voters.
The minister added that the police and parliamentary bodies would immediately introduce “changes and measures” with the change. According to her, the strict protection of delegates in meetings with voters is currently under consideration.
Police said Saturday night that investigators must hear the alleged culprit by Friday. He was arrested under the Terrorism Act and has not yet been charged.
The British media, citing unnamed official sources, identified the suspect as Ali Harbi Ali, a British citizen of Somali descent. According to Sky News, he is the son of a former senior government official in Somalia.
According to the media, Ali was briefly included in the plan in the fight against radicalization. However, the BBC’s data shows that the British counter – intelligence is not “interested” in MI5.
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