Preacher Murder Police Make Terror Arrests

Police looking into the murder of Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani have arrested two people on suspicion of terror offences.

Abdul Hadi Arwani

Abdul Hadi Arwani was shot dead in northwest London on 7 April

Police investigating the murder of Syrian-born preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani have arrested two people on suspicion of terror offences.

A 53-year-old woman was detained in Brent on Wednesday, and a 61-year-old man, already being held on suspicion of conspiracy to murder the imam, was re-arrested over terror offences.

The arrests came as an inquest was opened into the death of Mr Arwani, whose body was found in a car with multiple gunshot wounds.

He was discovered slumped behind the wheel of his Volkswagen Passat on 7 April.

Mr Arwani had been the imam at the An-Noor Cultural and Community Centre in Acton, west London, from 2005 to 2011 – and he was an outspoken critic of Syrian president Bashar al Assad.

Opening the inquest at North London Coroner’s Court, Coroner Andrew Walker offered his condolences to Mr Arwani’s son, who was present for the short hearing.

It was confirmed that on the day he died, Mr Arwani – who also had a building company – had “agreed to meet up with a male at a pre-arranged location” where he was fatally wounded.

A post-mortem examination confirmed cause of death as “multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen” and the inquest has now been adjourned until 30 October.

Meanwhile, a 36-year-old man has appeared at the Old Bailey charged with the murder of Mr Arwani.

Leslie Cooper will stand trial on 12 October, 2015.

http://news.sky.com/story/1466101/preacher-murder-police-make-terror-arrests

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