A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Conservative MP David Amess.
The 69-year-old Southend West MP died on October 15, 2021, as he met constituents in Essex.
Nick Price, Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “The CPS has authorised charges against Ali Harbi Ali for the murder of MP Sir David Amess on Friday 15 October 2021.
We will submit to the court that this murder has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations.
“He has also been charged with the preparation of terrorist acts. This follows a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Ali are active and that he has a right to a fair trial.”
Ali is due to appear at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ court today, October 21.
Matt Jukes, London police’s Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, said the charges followed extensive work by detectives.
“There has been considerable speculation in the media about the background, history and motivation of the man now charged”, he said.
“I understand the huge level of public interest in this case, but now a charge has been brought, it is vitally important that everyone exercises restraint when commenting on it publicly, to ensure future court proceedings are not prejudiced in any way.”.
He said no other arrests had been made and they were not looking for any other people in connection with the murder.