The central criminal court in London decided on Friday that the actual trial of Ali Harbie Ali, who is accused of the murder of British MP David Amess, will begin on March 7 next year. Amess was repeatedly stabbed during a meeting with voters in her constituency
Ali Harbi Ali, 25, a British national of Somali descent, appeared in court on Friday via a video link from Belmarsh Prison in London, but only to confirm his identity and date of birth. He was not asked if he pleaded guilty to the charges against him. The court also announced that Ali’s preliminary hearing will take place on November 5. His lawyer did not apply to release the accused on bail and Ali will be awaiting trial in custody.
Ali stayed on Thursday formally accused of the murder of Amess and the fact that between May 1, 2019 and September 2021 he prepared acts of terror.
British MP stabbed
Amess, a 69-year-old MP from the ruling Conservative Party who has been in the House of Commons for 38 years, was murdered on October 15 during a meeting with constituency voters in Leigh-on-Sea. In front of at least two people, the killer stabbed Amess into 17 stabs and waited calmly for the police to arrive.
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