Ali Harbi Ali pleads not guilty in killing Conservative Mp, Sir. David Amess.
On 15th October 2021, 25-year-old, Ali Harbi Ali reportedly stabbed Sir. David Amess to death.
Ali Harbi is accused of stabbing the Conservative MP Sir David Amess to death and also planning a terrorist attack for more than two years.
Ali appeared before the Old Bailey in central London on Tuesday, December 2021, for a pre-trial hearing. Harbi however has pleaded not guilty to both of the crimes he is suspected to have committed.
Sir Amess was stabbed while holding a constituency surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ali Harbi Charges and Court Dates.
An indictment alleges he carried out reconnaissance of addresses linked to MPs and also the Houses of Parliament. He also researched the internet for attack targets over the period from May 2019.
Ali Harbi was based in Kentish town, north London. During the trial, he spoke only to confirm his identity and to say “not guilty” to both charges.
Mr. Justice Sweeney, the trial judge, set the trial date for 21 March 2022.
Sir. Amess’s family paid tribute and said: “We are enormously proud of him. Our hearts are shattered. However, there was still so much David wanted to do – this we know from the events of the last few days.”
“Strong and courageous is an appropriate way to describe David. He was a patriot and a man of peace. So, we ask people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all.”
“This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work towards togetherness.”
“Whatever one’s race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand. As a family, we are trying to understand why this awful thing has occurred. Nobody should die in that way. Nobody.
“Please let some good come from this tragedy. We are absolutely broken, but we will survive and carry on for the sake of a wonderful and inspiring man.”