Sir David Amess killer ‘radicalised’ after watching YouTube hate videos

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Sir David Amess suspect radicalised
An ex-friend of Ali Harbi Ali said he 'admired' Anjem Choudary. image: Twitter

Sir David Amess killer was apparently ‘radicalised’ after watching YouTube videos of hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

Suspected Tory MP killer Ali Harbi Ali was radicalised after watching YouTube videos of hate preacher Anjem Choudary, his former friends claimed last night. As the first photo of the alleged knifeman emerged, school pals said vile material posted online by hate preacher Anjem Choudary turned him from a popular pupil into an extremist.

Sir David Amess suspect radicalised
Friends say Ali Harbi Ali was radicalised by hate videos. image: Twitter

Ali, the son of a former Sudanese diplomat, was referred to the flagship anti-extremism scheme, Prevent, which aims to stop individuals from becoming terrorists. However, there are now major questions being asked after his behaviour was not considered to be extreme enough to alert MI5. These referrals are not currently mandatory.

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After finishing school, Ali is alleged to have shown an interest in radical Islam and was referred to Prevent. He decided to move in with an aunt and her sons in a council house in the upmarket North London enclave of Kentish Town, in a street of £2million three-storey townhouses.

His referral is understood to have coincided with a deterioration in his relationship with his Somali-born parents. Ali’s parents split up when he was young and his father returned to Somalia. One neighbour, who has known the family for twenty years, said that Ali spoke of hopes of becoming a doctor with the NHS, saying: ‘He told me he’d been doing exams and he seemed westernised.’

Radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary has suggested that the late Conservative MP Sir David Amess, who was stabbed multiple times on Friday, may have been targeted due to his stance on Israel, a report claims.


Mr Choudary, a former leader of the proscribed group Islam4UK, was convicted of inviting support for ISIS in 2016 and jailed until his early release in 2018. Speaking to the Mail on Sunday at the weekend, the 54-year-old cleric said he was unsure about Sir David’s views but added he was rumoured to be pro-Israel.

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Social media accounts of radical preacher Anjem Choudary suspended.


Social media accounts belonging to radical preacher Anjem Choudary were suspended in July this year just weeks after a wider public speaking ban was lifted.

Twitter said the extremist’s account had been “permanently suspended for violating the Twitter rules” of its violent organisation’s policy. Choudary, from Ilford in east London, later conformed his Twitter account had been suspended.

 

 


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