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Verdict in killing of UK lawmaker

A jury yesterday convicted 26-year-old Ali Harbi Ali for killing a British lawmaker in October. Sir David Amess, a member of the Conservative Party, was attending a constituent meeting in the town of Leigh-on-Sea, about 50 miles east of London, when Ali stabbed him to death. Amess, 69, had served the area in parliament for nearly four decades. 

Ali, who will be sentenced tomorrow, was also convicted of preparing for acts of terrorism. Since at least 2019, reports suggest Ali researched and planned for an attack on the Amess, who voted for airstrikes on Syria. Ali was previously referred to the UK’s Prevent program (see overview), an effort meant to turn vulnerable people away from the risk of radicalization. But no formal investigation was carried out.

Amess’s killing came five years after Labour Party member Jo Cox was killed in the run-up to a public meeting with constituents.