We knew it was a Muslim. The West is saturated with feuding Muslims. Muslims are perpetual liars and propaganda machines, so any opportunity to play victim and cry Islamophobia, they will exploit. Nothing was different with this case and racism and islamophobia was the explanation for the murder of this rat. They must be so disappointed to discover that an Islamist is apparently the Islamophobe the Muslim community wants so badly to expose. The article conveniently ‘forgot’ to mention that Khalid Rashad has been referred to as a pro-Isis and anti-Assad hate-preacher. He was aligned to a London mosque infamous for its Wahhabi doctrine.
Good riddance to both of them. Two flies in one go.
Second man charged over London street murder of Syrian-born preacher: Suspect, 61, accused of possession of an explosive substance
- Khalid Rashad, 61, charged by police investigating death of Syrian iman
- Preacher Abdul Hadi Arwani found shot dead in his car in Wembley in April
- Leslie Cooper, 36, has already appeared in court accused of murder
A man has been charged with possession of an explosive substance by counter terrorism police investigating the alleged murder of a Syrian-born preacher shot dead in his car on a London street.
Khalid Rashad, 61, was charged earlier today with possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose, and possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.
The charges were brought by officers investigating the death of Abdul Hadi Arwani, 48, an outspoken critic of the Assad regime in Syria, whose body was found in his parked Volkswagen Passat in Wembley, north west London, on April 7.
Rashad was born Burnell ‘Bernie’ Mitchell – the brother of Liz Mitchell, lead singer with 1970s hit group Boney M – but changed his name after converting to Islam.
The Jamaican-born builder, who was raised in a strict Christian household, is the director of the An-Noor community centre in Acton, where father-of-six Mr Arwani used to preach until 2011.
Scotland Yard confirmed today they had finished searching the centre, one of several locations they searched in the wake of Mr Arwani’s death.
A spokesman said: ‘Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, SO15, investigating the murder in Wembley on Tuesday April 7th have charged a 61-year-old man.
Rashad, of Wembley, has been remanded in custody to appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.
Leslie Cooper, 36, from Brent in north west London, has already appeared at the Old Bailey last week charged with Mr Arwani’s murder.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, which is investigating the death of the father-of-six, have made two more arrests in connection with the shooting.
A 53-year-old woman was arrested in Brent on April 15 on suspicion of the commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism.
However, she was released on Wednesday with no further action.
A 36-year-old man detained on April 17 on suspicion of conspiracy to murder was bailed to a date in early May.
The Met’s spokesman added: ‘Local officers also continue to work closely with the local communities affected by the police investigation following the murder of Mr Arwani and would like to thank the community for their ongoing support and understanding throughout this process.’