As further details of the perpetrator of Sir David Amess MP’s murder emerge, Zara Mohammed, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain, issued the following additional statement:
“As more information emerges, and much speculation remains, the MCB’s position is clear in its condemnation of this cold-blooded murder in the strongest possible terms. The perpetrators of this, and similar despicable crimes, should know that there is no justification for murder and the taking of innocent life.”
“The vitality of democracy rests on the accessibility of our elected representatives.Within the past five years, we have witnessed two members of Parliament killed in the course of performing their duties. Those whom we entrust with public office must be able to serve their communities without facing such grave threats to their safety, and so we welcome steps being taken to ensure better security for them. The killers of both Jo Cox MP and Sir David Amess MP are not only united in their total disregard for the sanctity of life, but their desire to sow division in society. We will not let them succeed. “
Paying tribute to Sir David, Zara Mohammed said:
“Locally, Sir David was a friend of Muslim communities; who spoke poignantly about their relationship with him. He was always eager to support mosques and Muslim organisations in their work, attending Eid celebrations and the grand opening of Southend’s Essex Jamme Mosque. Nationally, Sir David championed causes which resonated with so many of us across society.”
“Our hearts and deepest condolences continue to go out to Sir David’s wife and children, as well as all his family, friends, colleagues and community members whose lives have been touched by his tireless work.”
Notes to editors:
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- Find MCB’s earlier statement: ‘Muslim Council of Britain responds to news of the brutal murder of Sir David Amess MP’, here.
- See joint statement by Southend Mosques mourning the loss of local MP Sir David Amess, here.
- See statement from the Council of Somali Organisations, here.
- The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and professional networks.
Pic: Jamme Masjid Essex