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UK police charge suspect with murder of MP David Amess

The 25-year-old suspect, who was arrested after the stabbing, has been charged with murder and "preparation of terrorist acts," prosecutors said.

Police officers are seen outside a house believed to be an address belonging to a man arrested in connection with the killing of British MP David Amess

The suspect was arrested after the stabbing last Friday

British prosecutors said Thursday they had authorized police to charge a 25-year-old suspect with the murder of lawmaker David Amess

The British member of Parliament was stabbed to death last Friday during a constituency meeting at a church in the southeastern county of Essex.

Police had arrested the suspect and declared the attack a "terrorist incident." 

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UK lawmaker dies after being stabbed at meeting

What are the charges?

"We will submit to the court that this murder has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations," said Nick Price, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division. The Crown Prosecution Service, or CPS, prosecutes criminal cases in England and Wales.

"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."

Matt Jukes, a Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner for specialist operations, said detectives had analyzed computers, searched several London addresses and reviewed CCTV footage as part of the investigation.

"It remains the case that no other arrests have been made and at this time we are not seeking anybody else in relation to this incident," he said.

The suspect has been identified as Ali Harbi Ali, a British citizen living in London.

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Stabbing of UK MP was a terrorist attack, police say

The murder of David Amess

The death of Amess has shocked Britain. On Friday, a man stabbed Amess several times during a meeting with voters in his constituency at the Belfairs Methodist church. 

Essex police arrested Ali and recovered a knife soon thereafter.

British politicians pride themselves on being accessible to their constituents., but the murder of Amess prompted conversations about protecting politicians and public figures, as well as grappling with extremism. 

On Wednesday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said the terrorism threat level to lawmakers was now deemed substantial, which means an attack is considered likely.

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UK Parliament honors murdered lawmaker Amess

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