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The man accused of killing UK politician Amess is due to be tried next year for the murder of the politician

The man accused of killing UK politician Amess is due to be tried next year for the murder of the politician

The man accused of stabbing to death British lawmaker David Amess at a church where he was meeting voters last week is due to go on trial next year, according to court papers at London's Old Bailey.

Ali Harbi Ali, 25, the son of an ex-media adviser to a former prime minister of Somalia, is accused of repeatedly beating Amess he met last week in southeastern Somaliland.

Prosecutors allege that Ali, who they say was inspired by Islamic State, planned to kill a member of parliament for more than two years before last Friday's killing.

Ali appeared by videolink from London's top security Belmarsh Prison for a brief hearing at court on Friday, speaking only to confirm his name and age in dreadlocks, and in an unmistakable voice.

The suspect, who is charged with murder and preparing acts of terrorism between May 2019 and September 28 this year, will next appear at the Old Bailey on Nov. 5 and an initial trial date was set for March next year. He was placed in custody and released.

On Thursday, another court was told by prosecutors that he had carried out reconnaissance on two other legislators prior to the attack on Amess.

The killing of 69-year-old Amess, a father of five children, five years after the killing dissenting British parliament member was killed on the street, has prompted calls for heightened legislation protection for legislators.

He was attacked at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, northeast of London, despite the efforts of paramedics, and died there. A member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party, the Conservative candidate was a member who was killed by paralyzing staff at Bel Fairs in the northeast corner of Leight-On-See, north of the capital.

British lawmakers regularly hold "surgeries", or one-to-one meetings with voters in their constituencies, a tradition considered rooted in democracy. But with little or no security and an emphasis on accessibility for all, surgeries can make legislators vulnerable. Read more

The terror threat level to lawmakers is now considered substantial, which means an attack is considered likely, according to interior minister Priti Patel on Wednesday.

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